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How assisted dying could work in the UK


The only people who would volunteer for such a panel would be those who inherently agree with the principle of it and are therefore biased in favour of allowing the patient to die. There is no way to ensure that everyone who commits assisted suicide or euthanasia does so uncoerced. In my view this should not be a medical matter. We doctors have a duty to preserve life. If society (ie parliament) want to make this legal then it should be carried out by lay people only. You wouldn't need a medical degree to kill someone. I would imagine that is pretty easy to do - just follow the recipe. On the other hand, your medical degree enables you to help them stay alive and reduce their suffering - this is the harder thing to do and in my view the more ethical thing.

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13 Apr 2017

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