Briefing: Assisted Dying Bill 2015-16

The RCP prepared this briefing ahead of the second reading of Rob Marris MP's Private Members Bill Assisted Dying (No.2). Our position is based on the findings of the survey conducted with members and fellows in autumn 2014.


  • The RCP is opposed to a change in the law on assisted dying.
  • In response to the question ‘Do you support a change in the law to permit assisted suicide by the terminally ill with the assistance of doctors?’ The majority of respondents outlined that they did not support a change to the law on assisted dying.
  • Although there is still a majority opposing a change in the law on assisted dying. There has been a 10.7% decrease in the percentage of members and fellows holding this view since the survey was last conducted in 2006.


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