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Letters Assisted dying: a question of when, not if

Rather than championing a medical model of assisted dying, The BMJ should be challenging the underlying discriminatory assumptions

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: (Published 13 October 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2483
  1. H Lucy Thomas, consultant in public health and specialty doctor in palliative care
  1. Hitchin, UK
  1. lucy.thomas21{at}

Godlee calls on professional organisations to adopt a neutral stance on assisted dying as it is “a decision for society and parliament to make.”12 But she uses her position to champion a profoundly medicalised model of assisted dying and does not address the implications for patients, doctors, and society.2

Consistent evidence shows that the desire to hasten death by people with terminal illnesses is unstable and heavily influenced by social, …

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