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Doctors air concerns over details of Scotland’s assisted dying bill

On January 20, Scottisch Daily Express reports that experts from Our Duty of Care (ODOC), healthcare professionals opposed to assisted suicide, sent briefing to MSPs in which they highlight a series of problems with the Bill to legalise assisted dying in Scotland, which are not addressed by the MSP’s own Medical Advisory Group (MAG).

The bill to legalize assisted dying in Scotland is to be introduced in parliament this year, after a public consultation. Top Scottish clinicians have published a detailed dossier containing a devastating critique of a report by medics on the proposed assisted suicide legislation which goes before Holyrood this year. The five-page document outlines a raft of concerns in advice notes to Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur who is behind the Bill.

On September 8 last year, a final proposal for the Assisted Dying for Terminally Ill Adults (Scotland) was launched: Assisted dying bill for Scotland formally launches with significant backing – Scottish Daily Express