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BMA to seek members' views on physician-assisted dying

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The BMA plans to gather members’ opinions around physician-assisted dying.

It follows a vote at this year’s annual representative meeting to carry out a poll on whether the association should adopt a neutral position with respect to a change in the law on assisted dying.

The results of the survey will be made available to members ahead of next year’s ARM, where they will inform a debate and a vote by representatives on the BMA’s policy position and any related motions.

Its policy has opposed doctors assisting patients to end their own lives in all forms since 2006.

This same policy, which was reaffirmed in 2016, supports the UK’s legal framework, which allows for ‘compassionate and ethical care’ for patients who are dying.


Call to respond

The ARM is the BMA’s policy-making body. Representatives are drawn from BMA divisions and branches of practice.

The BMA wants as many members as possible to respond to the survey and is asking you to:

  • Check your contact details are up to date, including your email address
  • Ensure you have not ‘opted out’ of electronic communications
  • Look out for BMA emails and details in forthcoming issues of The Doctor magazine
  • Encourage your colleagues to do the same.

You can update your contact details yourself in the 'My Account' section of the website.

For help with updating your contact details, please email the BMA's membership department

Read more about the survey

For any other queries about the survey, email [email protected]

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