Assisted dying ‘only option for many with terminal illness’

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The introduction of assisted dying in Scotland is coming and is the only way to “relieve the suffering” for many with terminal conditions, MSPs have been told.

  • By SCOTT MACNAB
  • The Scotsman

Medical leaders from Canada were in the Scottish Parliament last week to set out how the medical assistance in dying (MAID) system has worked there since being introduced two years ago and how splits in the profession were overcome.

Dr Sandy Buchman, president-elect of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), and a practitioner of MAID in Toronto, said the dilemma for physicians is “as difficult as you can get” in medicine.

But he told MSPs: “I’ve…

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