Letter: How the law could better help the doctor

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Sir: I have been following with interest the many letters published regarding the case of Dr Nigel Cox. It seems that of the two camps, for and against his actions, the majority in favour seem to be lay people, and the majority against seem to be members of the medical profession. As a member of the latter, I find this intriguing though not altogether surprising.

Complex issues such as this are impossible to explain within the limits of a letter. I shall therefore suffice to comment that perhaps doctors themselves, who are already burdened and entrusted with many god-like attributes by their patients and the public, understand only too well the harm that might result if they were empowered with the right to kill legally; harm not just to patients, but also to the doctors' own mental well-being and psyche.

Yours faithfully,


Wigan, Lancashire