Keep Assisted Dying Out of Healthcare
Keep Assisted Dying Out of Healthcare is an informal group of healthcare professionals who believe that assisted dying (assisted suicide or euthanasia) should not be part of mainstream healthcare.
If society decides to legalise assisted dying, we are clear that healthcare professionals are poorly placed to take part in the decisions and practice of assisted dying. The safest way do to this is through the courts. This would make the UK the first country in the world to monitor such decisions while they are being made. This is in marked contrast to all other legislations which only monitor cases after the patient has died.
We acknowledge that medical and other healthcare professions should not dictate UK law, but we wish to influence medical and other healthcare institutions to keep it outside the practice of mainstream healthcare, and not embed it into routine clincial practice.
We aim to inform colleagues and the public about the current evidence, where this exists.