Do Doctors assist suicide?

Jeremy Laurance (Independent, 18 February 2010) reviews the evidence that doctors already assist covertly in suicide.

Read Jeremy Laurance’s article in The Independent (18 February 2010) examining the gap between what doctors collectively state and what individuals privately do.
He concludes:

The ambivalence of the medical profession about assisted suicide was well caught by a 1996 Lancet editorial which said:

“There is a gap between what the profession collectively states and what individual members in practice sometimes do, under a cover that smacks of sophistry.” Lancet

Dr Michael Wilks, who chaired the British Medical Association’s Ethics Committee for a decade until 2006, says: “I see this whole battle over the involvement of doctors in assisted suicide as the last battle for patient autonomy.”

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