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GMC Consults on Assisted Suicide

The GMC is now consulting on draft guidance regarding allegations about a doctor’s involvement in encouraging or assisting a suicide. The consultation will end in early May.

The law states that assisting suicide is a criminal offence and the DPP’s guidance is that doctors who assist are more likely to be prosecuted than lay members of the public. The GMC is now formulating policy to interpret the law.

The draft GMC guidance recommends that doctors approached by their patients with questions about Dignitas in Switzerland or with requests for their medical records in anticipation of travel to Switzerland should be told that the doctor can neither discuss nor comply with the request.

Have your say and respond to the consultation which ends on 4th May. The consultation can be accessed here:

GMC consultation on Assisted Suicide


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