RCN has adopted a neutral stance on assisted suicide...

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I thought the RCN would be obliged to consult its members before deciding on things like this? Am I wrong to believe that?

LiverpoolJane

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I think they did, as the RCN were opposed to assisted suicide not so long ago, then I heard a news report saying that in view of a small majority of members being for it they would take a neutral stand and not oppose.

I am in the RCN and am quilty of not opening letters from them and it's possible that I have received something on the subject and discarded it.

misswoosie

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I think they did, as the RCN were opposed to assisted suicide not so long ago, then I heard a news report saying that in view of a small majority of members being for it they would take a neutral stand and not oppose.

I am in the RCN and am quilty of not opening letters from them and it's possible that I have received something on the subject and discarded it.

Sometimes best way with the RCN!

BTW I have PMd you.

Fonenurse

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From the RCN site

When did the consultation take place and what did it involve?

The consultation opened on the 16 February 2009 and closed on the 22 May. A policy briefing paper providing an overview of the issues was produced with input from a range of RCN experts to facilitate the consultation process. This also included a detailed response form for nurses to use when submitting their views.

How did you let people know about the consultation?

The briefing paper and response form were sent widely to RCN Boards, Branches and Forums, the consultation was advertised through the nursing media and information was placed on the website and discussion zone. The issue was discussed at RCN Board meetings, there was a Congress fringe debate and a short web based film was produced.

For more info see http://www.rcn.org.uk/newsevents/news/article/uk/assisted_suicide_frequently_asked_questions

RGN1

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What the RCN sit on the fence, how amazing!! Well I never!!:lol2:

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