The British Medical Association (BMA) is surveying its members on the topic of assisted dying. I hope you don't mind, but I'm writing to you as your patient/friend to ask you to consider my views when casting your ballot.
I don't think it's right that the UK's prohibitive assisted dying law means that more than one person a week in the UK travels to Switzerland to end their life. This is double what the number was five years ago, and is despite the best efforts of palliative care.
There is a better way, and more countries than ever, including Canada, have now legalised assisted dying and demonstrated the best way to protect patients, their families, and doctors is through a robust and open system of safeguards.
I’m asking you to support the choice to be given to the terminally ill and incurably suffering to have a legal, compassionate, and safeguarded assisted death, like nearly 90% of the public agree we should.
Please vote in support of assisted dying in the BMA survey.