The United Kingdom’s Royal College of Physicians adopts a ‘neutral’ stance on assisted dying



After failing to obtain a 60% majority of doctors against assisted dying, the Royal College of Physicians has abandoned its opposition to this practice and adopted a neutral stance on the matter.

 

A survey of nearly 7,000 English doctors shows that 43.4% of them want the Royal College of Physicians to oppose any change in the law, while 31.6% want it to support assisted dying, compared to 24.6% in 2014.

 

The percentage of doctors willing to participate in assisted dying has risen from 21.4% in 2014 to 24.6% today.

 

Professor Andrew Goddard, president of the college, explained: "It is clear that there is a range of views on assisted dying in medicine, just as there is in society". The neutral stance adopted means that "the Royal College of Physicians neither supports nor opposes a change in the law and we won't be focusing on assisted dying in our work. Instead, we will continue championing high-quality palliative care services".

 

Four doctors said they would seek a judicial review of the results, but the Royal College of Physicians said that this possibility had been rejected by the High Court on Thursday.


Sources: 

Daily Mail, Alisha buaya (21/03/2019)