Saturday, July 25, 2009

Assisted suicide

UK nurses association (Royal College) has changed its position and is now neutral on assisted suicide (not sure when this became the euphemism du jour over euthanasia).

Have a look at the article:

"The move comes as a poll in today's Times found that 74% of people want doctors to be allowed to help terminally ill people end their lives." My bold.

Given that it would be the doctors who would be killing the patients, unsurprisingly the BMA is less keen on the idea. Hopefully, the RCN will stay neutral: it would be a strange situation to have two very divergent positions on this.

Here's the Times' take on this: unsurprisingly, it's viewed as a wedge in the united front of the healthcare profession.

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