“Legalise assisted suicide because ‘choice’ the most important principle in medicine – says BMJ

John Bingham writing in the Telegraph 3rd July reports on the BMJ article: “Legalise assisted suicide because ‘choice’ the most important principle in medicine – says BMJ”

NHSreality agrees. But “choice” is not enshrined in the principles of running several Regions such as Wales. The ethical situation is summarised for NHSreality in putting patient autonomy first..

Assisted dying should be legalised because respecting “choice” is now more important than preserving life, the influential British Medical Journal argues today.

Breaking ranks with the medical establishment, it has issued an outspoken editorial backing a bill tabled by the former Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer which would open the way for a form of assisted suicide in the UK.

It argues that “respect for autonomy” – rather than the ideas of the Hippocratic Oath – is now the “cardinal principle” in medical ethics amid a “patient revolution”.

The journal accuses professional bodies – including its owner, the British Medical Association – and the royal colleges, which oppose relaxing the euthanasia laws, of going to “extraordinary contortions” to avoid consulting their members on the issue.

“Ultimately, however, this is ultimately “a matter for Parliament, not doctors to decide,” it remarks.

It seems we cannot even agree to ration resorces around death..


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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

One thought on ““Legalise assisted suicide because ‘choice’ the most important principle in medicine – says BMJ

  1. Pingback: Assisted dying debate must be thorough | NHS reality. An NHS soapbox. Speakers' corner for the NHS.

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