'Most doctors are now in favour of assisted dying, a top medical journal has revealed.
A new survey of 776 published in the BMJ found that 55 per cent are supportive of helping patients to die.
The journal, one of the oldest and most influential in the UK, claims there is ‘good evidence’ the practice ‘works well’.
A special edition published today argues that the ‘great majority’ of the British public are also in favour of assisted dying.
Dr Fiona Godlee, the BMJ’s editor-in-chief said: ‘The BMJ supports the legalisation of assisted dying. The great majority of the British public are in favour and there is now good evidence that it works well in other parts of the world, as a continuation of care for patients who request it and are in sound mind.
‘We believe that this should be a decision for society and Parliament, and that medical organisations should adopt at least a neutral position to allow an open and informed public debate.’
But one leading doctor and peer, who has written an article for the journal, claims the practice would put vulnerable patients at risk.
Lord Ribeiro, former president of the Royal College of Surgeons, argues that it would undermine patients’ trust.'
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