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Letters Assisted dying: a question of when, not if

Assisted dying: medical professionals’ freedom of opinion must endure

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: (Published 14 October 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2486
  1. Anne Williams, GP partner
  1. Glasgow, UK

Hurley and colleagues say it is a question of when, not if, assisted dying will be legalised in the UK.1 The legalisation of assisted suicide would be the death knell not only for many vulnerable patients but also for freedom of the medical profession because of the campaign for restrictions on conscientious objection.

Respect for others’ freedom was reflected in the recent BMA poll on assisted dying.2 Although 50% of …

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