Take action: ask your GP to support assisted dying
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has launched a survey asking GPs for their feedback on reforming the law on assisted dying.
Earlier this year, when the Royal College of Physicians dropped their opposition to assisted dying, politicians took note. Now we have another chance to make the case for a compassionate assisted dying law by asking GPs to show their support.
Changing the Royal College of General Practitioners’s stance on assisted dying could be decisive in our campaign. Their views are taken into account by not only politicians but also the Courts.
If enough GPs respond, the RCGP could change their stance in support of a new, compassionate assisted dying law.
Please act quickly and email your GP today. GPs must respond to the survey by 13 December 2019.
Our suggested email is listed below – please adapt the email or add your own thoughts when contacting your GP.
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Dear Dr ___________,
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) is surveying its members on the topic of assisted dying.
I hope you don’t mind me writing to you, but as your patient, it is vital that I can have an open and honest conversation with you about death, including the implications of any incurable illnesses, my quality of life, available treatment such as palliative care, and whether I am informed about the realities of an assisted death abroad.
I’m asking you to support legal, compassionate, and safeguarded assisted dying for both the terminally ill and incurably suffering, like nearly 90% of the public agree we should. One person a week, despite palliative care, is now forced to travel from the UK to end their life abroad, and I don’t think this is right.
Please vote to support the legalisation of assisted dying in the RCGP’s poll!