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previously, when doctors discuss the important issue of how they care for disabled people and the terminally ill, they will again reject any attempt to soften their stance on assisted suicide and euthanasia.”
The RCP poll will also ask members what they think the college’s position on assisted dying should be.
In its survey in 2014, 44% said it should be opposed to assisted dying, 25% believed it should be in favour, and 31% thought it should be neutral. This poll also found that
58% would not be prepared to “participate actively” in assisted dying were it to be legalised.
Assisted dying is illegal in the UK – under English law doctors could be jailed for up to 14 years because of the Suicide Act 1961.
There is no specific prohibition of assisting a suicide in Scottish law, but the RCP said anyone doing so could be charged with murder or culpable homicide.
The RCP defines assisted dying as: “The supply by a doctor of a lethal dose of drugs to a patient who is terminally ill, meets certain criteria that will be defined by law, and requests those drugs in order that they might be used by the person concerned to end their life.”
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