Doctors who look after the terminally ill are most against changing the law to allow assisted dying

Nov 23, 2020 by

by Sanchez Manning, Mail on Sunday:

Doctors who care for the terminally ill are most opposed to changing the law to allow assisted dying, a study has revealed.

By contrast, medics who usually have the least contact with dying patients – such as students, dermatologists and child psychiatrists – appear to be most in favour of legislation that would permit doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs.

There has been growing speculation the British Medical Association may soon drop its longstanding opposition to assisted dying.

When the BMA published the results of a survey of 29,000 of its members last month, it said 50 per cent of members believed there should be a change in the law, with 39 per cent opposed. However, an analysis of the poll paints a more nuanced picture.

It shows that 76 per cent of specialists in palliative medicine were against assisted dying. More than half (52 per cent) of doctors working in geriatric medicine and 50 per cent of those who treat cancer patients were also opposed.

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