August 28, 2008

Victory for Death Drug GP

HEALTH chiefs have decided not to tear up the contract of a GP who gave a sleeping drug to an elderly woman so she could kill herself.

Dr Iain Kerr, 61, was banned from practising for six months in July after the General Medical Council ruled that he prescribed the pills to his 87-year-old patient "solely for the purpose of ending her life".

But NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said last night: "We will not be terminating his practice contract."

The health board said Kerr would hire locum doctors to keep his practice in Clarkston, Glasgow, open while he is suspended. Once he has served his time, he has the right to apply to be reinstated.

Dr Kerr called on his patients this week to back him in his job fight. He posted a notice at his surgery that said: "Following my suspension by the General Medical Council, I have been informed that the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board may cancelmy contract to provide medical services.

"Patients wishing to protest should contact the board."

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