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RCN consults members on process of assisted suicide

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The RCN is conducting an extensive consultation on attitudes amongst its members towards the process of assisted suicide.

A hotly debated topic, the RCN says that assisted suicide is an issue that affects all sections of the population and there have been multiple attempts to legalise it in the UK.

Opinions are being sought from country and regional boards, branches, forums and individuals in a move to support and encourage a comprehensive internal debate.

Nurses are encouraged to share their views through their relevant branches and boards before 22 May, when the consultation process will close.

A fringe event, ‘What does the nursing profession feel about assisted suicide?’, will be held at the RCN Congress at 4pm on Wednesday 13th May.

Click here to watch a ‘vodcast’ on the assisted suicide consultation

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  • Human life is the most important possession a human has. Dying naturally is part of life. Assisting life when it is near it's end in a loving and caring way is the only acceptable way to allow people to
    We cannot allow a minority or even a majority to get, even if it be their dying wish, of dying before their natural end. If this was allowed to be the case then assisted suicide may be imposed on others when it was not wanted, due to the diminished value placed on life nearing its end.
    Caring for the elderly, infirm and gravely ill in a way we would like our nearest and dearest and ourselves to be cared for will take resources both human and material, training and finance yet it will be money equipment and human resources well spent.
    If we under fund life, we could of course spend more on debate, but then not everyone will have a voice because they may be no longer with us.

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