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RCN criticised for lack of leadership on assisted suicide

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A leading professor of nursing has questioned the RCN’s decision to move to a neutral position on assisted suicide

Writing in Nursing Times, Paul Wainwright, professor of nursing and associate dean at Kingston University, says the RCN’s position ‘tells us nothing about the moral grounds underlying the decision’.

Professor Wainwright says the RCN’s position means they have no objection to assisted suicide and would be comfortable with a change in the law, and that the small proportion of nurses who voted on the issue was not significant enough to represent nurses views: ‘As a proportion of the RCN membership and of the profession as a whole, these numbers are tiny. The responses amount to 0.16% of RCN members.’

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