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There are a range of views on this issue within the College
membership, as there will be within the membership of all of the
Psychiatrists have special expertise in the
diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. They are able to
determine the presence or absence of mental illness but would not
see this as a determining factor in any proposed process.
Patients with a mental disorder should be treated in the same way
as patients with a physical disorder and any process should be
based on capacity rather than diagnosis.
Psychiatrists would not expect to be routinely
asked to be involved in determining whether people are able to make
the decision about assisted suicide.
Read the recent President's blog on the debate around assisted dying
and the terminally ill.
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