A poll due to be held by the Royal College of Physicians is a fatally flawed, writes John Saunders
Molly Meacher (Letters, 24 January) refers to the Royal College of Physicians’ forthcoming poll on assisted dying. What she doesn’t say is that the poll is designed to make a change in RCP stance inevitable and could easily do so even if a majority oppose it.
It uses a three-way question (for, against, neutral on the RCP stance) to which there must be a 60% result in the vote to maintain the status quo. If not, the RCP stance will change to a default so-called “neutral”. With a virtually guaranteed outcome, this is a sham poll with a rigged outcome.
Former chair of ethics, councillor and trustee, Royal College of Physicians
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