Royal College of Physicians decides to be undecided about assisted dying

Jan 17, 2019 by

from Christian Concern:

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has decided to adopt a neutral position on whether the law should be changed to allow assisted dying.

Up until now its position has been to oppose a change in the law, and this has been backed by surveys of its members showing that a majority were against a change in the law.

Position change before consultation

In an extraordinary move, the RCP Council has resolved to adopt a neutral position ahead of polling its members again. A new poll will be launched next month, but the Council has decided that two-thirds of respondents must oppose a change in the position of the RCP for the change to a neutral position not to be adopted.

It seems incredible that a membership organisation could decide to change its position without consulting members and then determine that a two-thirds majority is required to oppose this change. One wonders what procedural justification the RCP Council has for such a move, or indeed whether it is constitutional at all.

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See also: A disturbing step closer to euthanasia, by Philippa Taylor, The Conservative Woman


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