Recent Polls

The Royal College of General Practitioners remains opposed to assisted suicide

The RCGP survey results showed that opposition to a change in the law was the most favoured option chosen by 47% of those surveyed.


This maintained the position of opposition to assisted suicide after a consultation in 2013 had the same finding.

The Royal College of Physicians does not support a change in the law

Following a consultation with its membership in 2019, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) adopted a position of neutrality on assisted suicide.

However, the process leading to this decision required a 60% supermajority to retain the RCP’s previous position of opposition and was therefore subject to threatened legal action. The RCP clarified in 2020 that it does not support a change in the law.

"So that there can be no doubt, the RCP clarifies that it does not support a change in the law to permit assisted dying at the present time.... The majority of doctors would be unwilling to participate actively in assisted dying if the law were changed to permit it, with only 25% indicating a willingness to do so."

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The BMA surveyed its members on assisted suicide and euthanasia in February 2020.

The results of the BMA survey in Feb 2020 reveal a change in the views of doctors over time.   40% of respondents indicated support for a change in the BMA position to allow doctor-assisted suicide.  40% of respondents opposed a change in the BMA position on administering drugs to end life or physician administered euthanasia.

It should be noted that just over half doctors are BMA members and only 19% of invitations provided useable responses.

The current BMA position is to be opposed to assisted dying in all its forms. This will be debated at its Annual Representatives Meeting in September 2021, and the results of the poll will inform, but not determine the outcome.

We are urging that the meeting be fully informed about the detail of the survey.

30 %
of palliative care respondents

oppose a change in the BMA position to allow doctor-assisted suicide

0 %
of palliative care doctors

thought that the BMA should support the legalisation of physician administered euthanasia

It's one thing to be in favour of a position when it's in the abstract, merely an academic consideration.

It's another when you actually look after disabled and dying patients.

We urge the BMA to listen to those at the coal-face of end of life care.

A graphic showing that 70% of palliative care respondents to the BMA survey in Feb 202o were opposed to a change in the BMA position to allow doctor assisted suicide