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The British Medical Association (BMA) is coming under pressure to drop its opposition to assisted dying as efforts to change the law gather pace.

At its annual representatives meeting next week the doctors’ trade union is to consider a motion recommending that it adopts a neutral position on the issue. It comes after a survey of nearly 29,000 of its members concluded that medics were split on the issue.

Politicians in the Lords and Scottish parliament are involved in parallel moves to attempt to change the law to legalise assisted dying, with a YouGov poll earlier this month showing 73 per cent of Britons in favour of doctor-assisted suicide.

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