Half of doctors support use of life-ending drugs
Half of doctors believe the laws surrounding assisted dying should be changed, a survey has found.
A poll of 29,000 British Medical Association members found, for the first time, a majority were supportive of prescribing life-ending drugs.
It is thought the shift in opinion could lead the union to drop the opposition it has held since 2006.
The survey found 50 per cent of doctors and medical students believed medical professionals should be able to prescribe life-ending drugs for patients. By contrast, 39 per cent of respondents opposed the suggestion and 11 per cent said they were undecided.