Doc­tors to be polled on as­sisted dy­ing

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DOC­TORS will be asked if they would help a ter­mi­nally ill pa­tient to die and whether the law should be changed to al­low as­sisted dy­ing.

The Royal Col­lege of Physi­cians will poll its 35,000 mem­bers and fel­lows next month.

RCP pres­i­dent Pro­fes­sor An­drew God­dard said the sur­vey was es­sen­tial to the col­lege un­der­stand­ing mem­bers’ views.

He added: “The col­lege is fre­quently asked for its stance on this is­sue, which may be cited in cases and par­lia­men­tary de­bate, so it is es­sen­tial that we base this on an up-to-date un­der­stand­ing of our mem­bers’ and fel­lows’ views.”

The RCP will adopt a neu­tral po­si­tion un­til 66% of re­spon­dents say it should be in favour or op­posed to a law change.

There is no spe­cific pro­hi­bi­tion of as­sist­ing a sui­cide in Scot­tish law but any­one do­ing so could be charged with mur­der or cul­pa­ble homi­cide, the RCP said.

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