After consulting its members, the British representative body for family doctors, the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) said it remained opposed to assisted suicide.

Almost half  (47%) of those surveyed said the College should not change its position, while 40% of GPs said they would support a change in the law, if safeguards were in place.

11% of respondents said the RCGPs should be neutral, while 2% abstained.

Assisted dying is currently outlawed in Britain.

The RCGP’s consultation, which was conducted independently by Savanta ComRes, was sent to almost 50,000 members to ask whether the RCGP’s posiiton opposing assisted suicide should change.

The results were published today

 

Chair of the RCGP, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “Assisted dying is a controversial topic and this was reflected in the responses to our consultation. However, the highest proportion of respondents said that the College should continue to oppose a change in the law on assisted dying…

“The role of the College now is to ensure that patients receive the best possible palliative and end of life care, and to this end we are working with Marie Curie and others to support this.

Despite years of campaigning by pro-euthanasia groups, no professional medical body supports changing the law on assisted suicide in the UK.

However, the British Medical Association (BMA) is currently surveying its members views on the issue.