DOCTORS have hit back at claims that a “silent majority” of medics are in favour of legalising assisted suicide.
Independent Lothian MSP Margo MacDonald told the Evening News last week that she believed most doctors backed the Bill she has brought before the Scottish Parliament to give people with terminal or degenerative conditions who feel life has become intolerable the legal right to seek help to end their lives. Her comment came after 11 senior clinicians signed a letter announcing their support for the proposed legislation.
Ms MacDonald said many medics were reluctant to speak out because they did not want to get embroiled in a political fight.
Now, in another letter, 44 doctors claimed it was “disgraceful” to claim the support of a majority of the medical profession based on hearsay.
Their letter added: “There is established evidence from careful research that the majority of UK doctors (up to 94 per cent in some specialities) are opposed to assisted suicide.
“We are senior clinicians who are part of the overwhelming majority of doctors who are opposed to assisted suicide because we consider it unethical and unsafe. There are plenty more like us.”