College response to legal challenge in respect of RCGP Council’s decision (in February 2020) to maintain its position opposing a change in the law on assisted dying.

Publication date: 18 September 2020

RCGP Chair Professor Martin Marshall said: “We are very disappointed to hear of this action, especially as we were transparent about our methodology and decision-making processes from the outset of the consultation.

“This was the largest consultation on an issue of public policy that the College has conducted, both in terms of response rate and volume of respondents. It was carried out independently by a renowned research company and the results are public.

“We are also concerned about the timing of this action, in the midst of a global health emergency when the College is working flat out to support GPs who are delivering patient care in the most difficult of circumstances.”

Further Information

RCGP Press office: 020 3188 7633/7574/7575

Out of hours: 0203 188 7659

Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 52,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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