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.

nick.bostock@haymarket.com

Comment below and tell us what you think

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Renewable energy

GP practices can be 'more ambitious' on tackling climate change

GP practices can be more ambitious in taking steps to tackle climate change than...

GP surgery sign

Risks of being a partner have outstripped benefits, GPs told

The risks of being a partner have become greater that the benefits, the RCGP conference...

Image of Dr Farzana Hussain

GPs urged to use their voices to improve the lives of patients in deprived areas

The can-do attitude and independence of GPs offers a unique opportunity to help reverse...

Professor Sir Michael Marmot

Unequal impact of COVID-19 'utterly predictable' amid rising inequality, says Marmot

The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people in the most deprived parts of England...

Consulting room door

NHS on course for shortfall of 11,000 GPs within a decade

One in four GP and practice nurse posts will be vacant within a decade without a...

Dr Iona Heath

Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic can help GPs tackle health inequalities

GPs can use evidence from the COVID-19 pandemic to put pressure on the government...