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Letters Time for all doctors to engage on assisted dying

Assisted dying doesn’t require doctors but due legal process to protect patients, doctors, and society

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: (Published 11 October 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2437
  1. Susan Bewley, emeritus professor (honorary) in obstetrics and women’s health
  1. Department of Women and Children’s Health, King’s College London, London, UK
  1. susan.bewley{at}

Caring doctors are divided when the noble ends of prolonging life and relieving suffering conflict.12 Most agree with supporting dignified death and respecting patients’ wishes. As others have already noted,3 it’s incorrect that assisted dying requires doctors.4 Doctors need not be given the power of enabler decision makers, even for …

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