BMA Survey on Assisted Dying


The BMA is surveying its members on assisted dying. The survey is until 27 February. BMA members should have received an email with details on how to vote. More details can be found here. The survey results won't directly change BMA policy on assisted dying but they will inform a debate at the BMA's Annual Representative Meeting in Edinburgh, 21-25 June. Last year the Royal College of Physicians adopted a neutral policy on law change. Other Colleges, such as the Radiologists, Nurses, Psychiatrists and Anaesthetists have also committed not to campaign for or against law change. This is also the view of the Medical Women’s Federation. We acknowledge our members have a range of views on assisted dying. We respect this variation and want to represent everyone as best we can. Though the MWF doesn’t hold a position on either side of the debate we will always speak out in the best interests of women doctors and their patients. If draft assisted dying legislation comes before Parliament we will aim to contribute our expertise. Whatever your views, please make your voice heard in the BMA survey and encourage your colleagues to do the same. What medical bodies say in this debate will have a significant influence. This issue is not only important for doctors but also for our patients.

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