Font size:

European Division of WFRtDS

Interested in more news on the Right to Die? ERGO circulates on a regular basis an electronic newslist with news from around the world.

Click here for the subscription page.

British Medical Association (BMA) rejects motion to change its stance on assisted dying

Sunday, July 1, 2012

BMA (the British Medical Association) in its annual conference in Bournemouth, rejected a motion moved by prof. Raymond Tallis (chairman of Healthcare Professionals for Assisted Dying, HPAD), to change its current ("morally repugnant") position on (medically) assisted dying to neutral.

A majority - with even one doctor likening it to murder [!] -  unfortunately reiterated with this rejection BMA's opposition to a change in the law.  Doctor Hamish Meldrum, BMA's outgoing President, said: "I think adopting a neutral position is probably the worst of all options. Neutrality does tend to exclude us from the argument, an argument which would have a huge bearing on the working lives of doctors".

From a report in The  (Ella Pickover, June 27, 2012). (do read the comments as well, RJ)

Sign up for our monthly Website Update