Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

GPs against Change in Euthanasia Law

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

GPs against Change in Euthanasia Law

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Byline: ISABEL OAKESHOTT

THE campaign to legalise euthanasia suffered a major setback today after it emerged that the vast majority of doctors are against any change in the law.

A survey found almost three quarters of GPs would refuse to help terminally ill patients die even if it were legal to do so. A majority believe it would be impossible to set safe boundaries.

They argue that medical staff should focus on improving quality of life and pain control for terminally ill patients, and they call for more resources for hospices-The survey of almost 1,000 doctors was carried out with the backing of Parliament's All-Party Pro-Life Group.

It was published today just three weeks after an outcry over "suicide tourists" Robert and Jennifer Stokes. The Bedfordshire couple travelled to Switzerland to die with the help of charity Dignitas. Euthanasia is banned in Britain but is legal in Switzerland if the fatal drug dose is self-administered and the person is deemed to be making a rational decision. …

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