Doctors have rejected calls to take a neutral stance on assisted suicide.
Delegates to the British Medical Association’s annual conference in Bournemouth yesterday restated their opposition to assisted dying, with one doctor likening it to murder.
They decided that a change in their position would send the wrong message.
The Healthcare Professionals for Assisted Dying (HPAD) had called for the BMA to move its position from opposition to “studied” neutrality. HPAD’s chairman, Professor Raymond Tallis, said assisted dying should be a matter for society as a whole and not just the medical profession. He called on the BMA to adopt a neutral position on a change in the law.