Medically assisted dying is illegal in the United Kingdom, but it continues to be debated. Now three physicians argue that it’s time for a fresh look at the issue.
Having previously not supported a change in the law, an eminent public health physician is questioning his previous stance, now that death is knocking on the door.
Paul Cosford, MBBS, emeritus medical director at Public Health England, says that incurable lung cancer has prompted him to reconsider his views on assisted dying.
“I am convinced that it is time to look at this again,” he writes in a personal essay in The BMJ, one of three on the same topic published together.
“A review that takes account of changing views across wider society seems timely,” he writes. “We need to set aside entrenched positions on each side of the debate and look openly at the problems faced by people at