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Letters BMA’s move to neutral position on assisted dying

Medical profession cannot be instrument of law to legalise assisted dying

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n2491 (Published 13 October 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2491
  1. Bill Noble, retired physician in palliative care
  1. Sheffield, UK
  1. bill.noble{at}sheffield.ac.uk

If the medical profession is serious about a neutral position on assisted dying1 it cannot be the instrument of the law to legalise it. I fear that patients’ trust in doctors could be the mechanism that leads some of them to make a choice that suits everyone but themselves.

Am I the only medically qualified person in the UK to believe that …

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