Academic calls for re-think on euthanasia policy

A leading academic has called on the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) to rethink its position on euthanasia and assisted suicide, accusing the college of 'burying its head in the sand'.

Professor Martin Johnson from the University of Salford said that 80 per cent of people were in favour of changing the law on euthanasia.

‘The RCN’s statement that it is against euthanasia and assisted suicide is an example of policy without evidence.

In a context of wanting to reassure the public that nurses will not easily resort to killing their patients this may be understandable. But genuine evidence flies in the face of such fear,’ Professor Johnson said.

The RCN said it would be premature to lend its support to assisted dying before the NHS had improved end-of-life care.

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