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Doctors being undermined.

Having failed to win doctors round in the last Parliament to support legalised euthanasia, supporters of Lord Joffe have introduced a new physician-assisted suicide Bill. If some of those who have been arguing for a change get their way, it could lead to the creation of a new profession of state-licensed killers. Although the Lord Joffe Bill Mark Two still places the onus on doctors to do the killing, some of the supporters of change have revealed their hand by arguing for a new category of operatives to replace doctors.

Either way, the outcome for patients would be identical.

There is no moral difference between 'patients' assisted suicide' and euthanasia.

In both cases what the doctor means to do is to bring about a death.

The proposed law would not allow doctors to administer lethal drugs, but would allow them to prescribe them for DIY jobs.

They would also be allowed to offer assistance, and if it all went horribly wrong, they would be allowed to finish off the patient.

We are already seeing doctors' authority being undermined and politicised.

If doctors refuse to have anything to do with euthanasia, it's proposed to hand this murderous job over to specialists.

N Plaisted

Vivian Road, Newport
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 27, 2006
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