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Letters Assisted dying: a question of when, not if

Why is The BMJ misrepresenting assisted dying?

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n2492 (Published 14 October 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2492
  1. Claud Regnard, retired consultant in palliative care medicine1,
  2. Rob George, professor of palliative care2,
  3. Amy Profitt, head of medicine3
  1. 1Merseyside, UK
  2. 2King’s College London, London, UK
  3. 3St Christopher’s Hospice, London, UK
  1. claudregnard{at}stoswaldsuk.org

Hurley and colleagues’ promotion of the proposed assisted dying bill in England and Wales ignores the obstacles.1

In last year’s BMA survey, a majority of doctors were unwilling to prescribe the necessary drugs.2 Will we end up like Oregon, where a tiny proportion of doctors prescribe (one writing 31 prescriptions in 2020)?3 Every legislature has shortened or removed cooling off periods and expanded their criteria beyond a …

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