Ahead of a debate in the House of Commons on Thursday 4 July on the ‘Functioning of the Existing Law Relating to Assisted Dying’ the RCP has produced a short briefing for members of parliament following its recent survey of UK members.
The RCP routinely briefs members of parliament on a range of issues. Recent briefings have included workforce shortages and medicinal cannabis under prescription. This briefing includes information about the survey, how our members responded, and the position of the RCP. The briefing also includes information on the recent legal challenge against the RCP.
At the time of producing this briefing, there is no outstanding legal action against the RCP, nor is the RCP under investigation by the Charity Commission.
As the briefing states, in the years ahead the RCP will continue to ensure that the voice of physicians is heard, but we will not be actively campaigning on this issue. We will, however, continue to provide advice to politicians and governments if requested, as we did last year when asked by ministers in Guernsey.