By Victoria Allen Science Correspondent For The Daily Mail
Published: 01:19 BST, 9 October 2020 | Updated: 01:21 BST, 9 October 2020
Half of doctors believe there should be a change in the law to allow patients to be helped to die.
The largest survey to date of British medics’ views on assisted dying found 50 per cent support the change to allow the prescription of life-ending drugs.
The results could pave the way for the UK’s largest doctors’ union to drop its long-standing opposition to assisted dying – its position since 2006.
Four years ago the British Medical Association rejected a motion to adopt a more neutral position on the issue.
Half of British doctors support law change to allow for euthanasia, survey found. But just 36 per cent said they would be willing to actively participate in prescribing drugs which would lead to someone’s death
But the latest survey of its members found just 39 per cent are personally opposed to a change in the law, with 11 per cent undecided.
However, when it came to being prepared to actively participate in prescribing drugs which would lead to someone’s death, just 36 per cent said they would be willing, compared with 45 per cent who wouldn’t.
The union said the results of the survey of almost 29,000 medics and students will