Doctors 'do not support change in law' to allow assisted dying

Professor John Saunders, chairman of the Royal College of Physicians ethics committee, said:

The Royal College of Physicians does not support a change in the law on assisted dying.

It remains illegal for doctors to intentionally and deliberately terminate the life of someone who is not terminally ill.

A survey of RCP fellows and members in 2006 showed that doctors were not in favour of a change in the law to allow them to do this.A change in the law would also have severe implications for the way society views disabled people.

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