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RCGP members vote to maintain opposition to assisted dying


What does Mark Feldman mean by 'sentencing people to die by hospice? We provide excellent palliative care in patient's homes when they choose that option. It takes a good local palliative care team, a well trained District nursing team and GPs willing to visit their patients regularly. The problem is the post ocde lottery that does not provide that option to everyone. But rather, let us not condemn our elderly, frail and dying patients to a position where they feel they have to die to stop being burdensome to the rest of us. That is what happens in Holland. This issue has been looked repeatedly and in great depth including by parliamentary committees taking evidence from a wide range of people and has included trips to Holland and Oregon . Every single time, when the evidence is examined, the decisions come down against assited dying and euthanasia because it puts the most vulnerable in our society at risk. That is the evidence. It's just not what some people want to hear.

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21 Feb 2014

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