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Shift in views on dying ‘ignored’

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A nurse academic has criticised the RCN for ‘burying its head in the sand’ over the issue of assisted dying

A nurse academic has criticised the RCN for ‘burying its head in the sand’ over the issue of assisted dying.

Martin Johnson, professor of nursing at the University of Salford, has called on the RCN to conduct research into what he believes will be one of the most pressing issues to face the college in coming years.

Mr Johnson claimed the RCN – which is officially against assisted dying – is ignoring work being carried out by groups such as Dignity in Dying, which shows there has been a shift in public opinion on the issue.

But Tom Sandford, RCN director for England, said: ‘It would be premature of the RCN to lend its support to the call for the availability of assisted dying before we have the improvements to palliative care that would make a real difference to the end of life.’

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