Half of doc­tors sup­port use of life-end­ing drugs

The Daily Telegraph - - News -

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.

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