Legalise assisted dying for terminally ill, say 90% of people in UK

More than 90% of the UK’s population believe assisted dying should be legalised for those suffering from terminal illnesses, according to an opinion poll that shows growing support for change to the law. A survey carried out by the campaign group My Death, My Decision (MDMD) also found that 88% of respondents considered it acceptable for dementia sufferers to receive help to end their lives, provided they consented before losing their mental capacity.

The results have been released as the Royal College of Physicians polls its members this month on whether they back a change to the ban on the right to die. The Channel Island of Jersey has launched a review on whether to introduce assisted dying legislation.

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