BMA votes to maintain its opposition to assisted suicide

The doctors’ trade union voted by 198 to 115 to maintain its current position

The British Medical Association (BMA) has reiterated its opposition to assisted suicide during a vote today, at its annual conference in Belfast.

During the conference, doctors considered whether to change their position on assisted suicide from opposed to neutral. But the body voted by 198 to 115 to maintain its current position.

The pressure to debate came after a YouGov survey found only seven per cent of the public supported the union’s position.

The BMA, the trade union for doctors in the UK, carried out a consultation ahead of today’s vote that found many doctors raised concerns about helping people to die, according to the Independent.

Prior to the vote, a spokesman for the BMA said: “We appreciate that there are strongly held views across society on this complex and emotive issue, and recognise the ongoing public debate around this subject.

“By engaging with doctors and members of the public in an eighteen-month long project, we have compiled a comprehensive body of qualitative research to look at the wider context of the issue and enable members to have informed discussions at this year’s conference, where they will be able to vote on whether to change the BMAs current position.”


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