Ethics briefing

Journal of Medical Ethics 46 (4):280-281 (2020)

Abstract

### British Medical association survey on physician-assisted dying closes Previous Ethics briefings have highlighted the survey of members on physician-assisted dying being carried out by the British Medical Association.1 This survey closed at midnight on Thursday 27 February. In total, 29 011 members responded – 20.1% of all members who received an invitation to participate – making this one of the largest surveys of medical opinion carried out on this issue, ever. The results of the survey will not make BMA policy, but will inform a debate and discussion at the organisation’s main policy-making conference, the annual representative meeting in June this year. You can find out more about the survey and how it was carried out at www.bma.org.uk/PAD This page will continue to be updated when more information about the survey results is available. ### Royal College of General Practitioners remains opposed to a change in the law on assisted dying In October 2019, the Royal College of General Practitioners began surveying its members on the College’s position on physician-assisted dying. The College published its results on 21 February. Of the 49 539 members invited to participated, 6674 responded – a response rate of 13.47%.2 In response to a question about what the College’s position on the law on assisted dying should be: Following the results of the survey, the RCGP Council decided that the College should continue to oppose a change in the law on assisted dying. ### Belgian doctors acquitted in country’s first criminal euthanasia case As noted in previous Ethics briefings, three Belgian doctors faced criminal charges of “unlawfully poisoning” a …

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