Group of doctors urge colleagues to read the End of Life Choice Bill


Group of doctors urge colleagues to read the End of Life Choice Bill

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It is desirable that medical practitioners read the End of Life Choice Bill as it is quite likely that legalisation of voluntary assisted dying may have occurred before the end of 2018

This opinion piece has been submitted by 10 retired and working doctors - Jack Havill, Libby Smales, Dame Margaret Sparrow, Lannes Johnson, Angel Hancock, John Musgrove, James Davidson, Alison Glover, Stanley Koshy and Frank Kueppers. Further details of the authors are provided at the end of the article

The End of Life Choice Bill (David Seymour) has now passed its first reading by a large majority (76 for, 44 against). The select committee is part of

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