Nurses advised law on assisted suicide has not changed

The NMC is advising nurses that the law on assisted suicide has not changed despite the Royal College of Nursing ending its opposition to it.

Kathy George, NMC chief executive and registrar, said: ‘Despite the RCN's move to a neutral position on assisted suicide, nurses and midwives are personally accountable for their actions and must act lawfully at all times.

‘This is clearly stated in their code of professional conduct. Assisting the suicide of a patient is against the law.'

Meanwhile, the Medical Defence Union is reminding doctors that assisting a suicide is illegal and that they should not give advice to patients to help them travel abroad to take their own lives.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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