Assisted dying: should the law change?

The RCGP is planning to consult on what its stance should be regarding the law on assisted dying

The Royal College of General Practitioners will consult its 53,000 members as to what its stance should be on whether there should be a change in the law on assisted dying.

The decision was made by the college’s governing council, which met on Saturday.

The college last consulted its members on the issue in 2013 and it decided, at that time, not to change its stance.

As such, its current position is that it is opposed to any change in the law on assisted dying.

Further details of the latest consultations will be announced soon.

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the RCGP, said: “Assisted dying is an incredibly emotive issue that polarises opinions.

“It has been nearly six years since we asked our members as to whether we should support a change in the law on assisted dying – since then, it is possible that views within our membership have shifted.

“As such, RCGP council has decided that the time is right to conduct this consultation, and we will be issuing further details of how we will do this in due course.”

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