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When asked if she supports doctor assisted suicide, Wendy Burn answers 'But could I kill anyone? I don't think so'.
Campaigns in UK to legalise doctors enabling sane suffering terminally ill people to commit suicide do not involve the doctor killing the patient but rather providing the wherewithal for the patient to act at a time and place of their own chosing..
Many of the medical notables interviewed for BMJ Confidential sadly show they just have not thought about the subject or followed the successes in other countries.
Do doctors have a duty to ease suffering? They should show an understanding of this matter and can then make a truly informed choice - hopefully putting the interests of the patient first.
Doctors could learn more from Health Professionals for Assisted Dying.