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RCN seeks nurse views on assisted dying

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The RCN is to adopt an official position on the controversial issue of assisted suicide.

The college has launched a consultation this week for members on the debate surrounding the subject including potential issues relating to nursing practice.

The college has published a briefing document summarising political and legal positions on assisted suicide, arguments for and against, and potential issues for nurses.

Assisted suicide is illegal in the UK but the government’s position has been challenged several times in court.

RCN chief executive Peter Carter said: ‘Many people have strong views on assisted suicide, an issue which provokes compelling arguments and passionate support on both sides of the debate.’

College members have until 22 May 2009 to contribute to the consultation.

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