Friday, December 16, 2011

Brits Tut-Tutting Over Doctors Talking To Patients About Assisted Suicide

Here's more on the Brits tut-tutting about whether doctors can talk to patients about assisted suicide. As you know, I think this is silly, seeing that opposition to assisted suicide has all but collapsed in the UK.
Could doctors be punished for talking about Dignitas with patients?
Investigating: Niall Dickson, chief executive of the General Medical Council, said doctors who discuss the Swiss clinic with patients may be penalised
Health watchdogs are drawing up guidelines to help them deal with potential accusations of assisted suicide against doctors.
The General Medical Council is trying to determine what levels of punishment they should face depending on their involvement in any particular case.
Doctors could be deemed guilty of assisting suicide for a variety of reasons – many of them seemingly harmless, such as simply discussing the Dignitas suicide clinic with patients. At the other end of the scale, they may actively have brought about their patient’s death by knowingly prescribing them an overdose of painkillers. more

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