Both euthanasia and assisted suicide are illegal under English law (read HERE) as most countries. In this respect, NHS web, says “Assisted suicide is illegal under the terms of the Suicide Act (1961) and is punishable by up to 14 years’ imprisonment. Trying to kill yourself is not a criminal act. Depending on the circumstances, euthanasia is regarded as either manslaughter or murder. The maximum penalty is life imprisonment.” (read HERE)

The debate continues on euthanasia practices under the heading physician-assisted dying (PAD), which includes both euthanasia and assisted suicide.

In October 2019, the UK Royal College of General Physicians (RCGP) carried out a survey among its members to find out their opinion regarding PAD. The College published its results on February 21 this year. Of the 49,539 members invited to participate, 6,674 (13.47%) responded (read HERE).

The result of the survey on physician-assisted dying  was:

a) 47% oppose a change in the current law;

b) 40% responded that the RCGP should propose a change, but regulating such a change to safeguard it from possible abuse; and

c) 11% said that the RCGP should maintain a neutral position in relation to PAD.

As a result of the survey, the RCGP decided that the College should continue to oppose a change in the law on PAD.