MD.MG campaigns to equip doctors to discuss dying, remove legal and professional inhibitions (the gag rule) on discussing MAID abroad, and change the law to permit MAID in the UK.
Equip Medics to Discuss Dying:
Dying is an uncomfortable topic for anyone, but too many medics feel poorly equipped to discuss it with their patients . MD.MG campaigns to challenge the negative clinical stereotypes about dying and the perception that dying is a failure of care. We believe it is important to equip our doctors for the challenges of everyday practice and are campaigning for future training to include a focus upon dying and the skills necessary to start conversations early.
End The “Gag Rule”
Medics shouldn’t be scared that they will break the law, or face disciplinary proceedings, if their patients ask for information about dying abroad. Pending a change in the law we believe that the current guidance on patients seeking information or advice about assistance to die, should at least change to permit doctors to discuss (though not to raise, encourage, or assist) the option of travelling abroad for medical aid in dying. We also believe that the guidance on a doctor’s involvement in encouraging or assisting suicide, should clarify that a doctor will not be disciplined for providing medical records or reports to a patient seeking medical aid in dying in another country.
Change The Law On Assisted Dying
The current law against assisted dying is unconscionable and cruel. Although we firmly support the provision of high quality palliative care, it is not appropriate for everyone and we believe every patient deserves the fullest possible range of options, as is increasingly the case in other countries. We believe it is the responsibility of doctors to respect patient autonomy and with appropriate safeguards not prolong unnecessary suffering.