I'm sorry, but I disagree with you, cycloon. So does the British medical establishment. I think Barnoess Warnock may have started a worthy debate, but I am broadly against euthanasia.
I used to think assisted dying was a pretty nifty idea, what with the avoidance of some terrible suffering. After reading a discussion about it in The Moral State We're In by Julia Neuberger, however, I came to the conclusion that it's not something I'm in favour of. Assisted suicide changes the relationship that medical professionals have with their paitients, hence the opposition of the BMA. Plus, I suspect that elderly people will feel pressure upon them to die in order to stop being a burden on their children.
That's...ok. I wasn't looking for a discussion as such. ^^
Yes, it changes the relationship medical professionals have with their patients. Because it is diametrically opposed to their stated intent.
That doesn't mean it's wrong, in some specific cases, in my view. I'm not as up on this as I was a few years back, but I don't see why this cannot be taken into account without a total paradigm shift in medical care. If the explicit purpose of medicine remains to help people stay alive and well, but with the understanding that sometimes some people will want to die, then I don't see the problem (without going into the morality of it).