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2008-09-01 06:00:07

By Kate Foster A DOCTOR who was suspended from his job after giving sleeping pills to a suicidal patient has revealed he plans to help the campaign to legalise euthanasia. GP Iain Kerr was last week suspended from practising medicine for six months after prescribing the tablets to an elderly woman who later took her own life. In his first interview since the hearing, the Glasgow GP told Scotland on Sunday that he would never again provide drugs in the same circumstances. But he...

2008-08-28 06:01:09

By SHAN ROSS A GP who gave sleeping pills to a suicidal patient will be allowed to retain his practice, health officials ruled last night. But Dr Iain Kerr, 61, was suspended from practising medicine for six months after prescribing the tablets to a retired businesswoman considering suicide. The doctor was found guilty of misconduct following a hearing by the General Medical Council (GMC) last month and faced having the contract for his Glasgow practice terminated. NHS Greater...

2008-08-28 03:00:53

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...

2008-07-31 15:01:02

AS A hospital consultant who frequently shared patients with Dr Iain Kerr over a long period, I am appalled at the decision to suspend him for six months. What good will that do? In my opinion and the opinion of my former colleagues, he was known as an outstanding, kind and caring doctor who always had the best interest of his patients at heart. Exceptionally, he went out of his way to keep regular contact with hospital staff concerning his patients and my many conversations with him...

2008-07-28 15:00:22

By HELEN PUTTICK HEALTH CORRESPONDENT A SCOTTISH GP who prescribed sleeping tablets to a patient so she could end her life should be struck off, a panel of the General Medical Council was told yesterday. Suzanne Goddard, QC, counsel for the GMC who presented the case against Dr Iain Kerr, said providing the drugs to the elderly woman was "akin to handing her a noose". She said erasing his name from the medical register was necessary to "maintain confidence in the profession and to...

2008-07-26 18:00:17

A GP who gave sleeping pills to an elderly patient so she could commit suicide said yesterday he "regretted the circumstances" which resulted in his censure by the General Medical Council. Dr Iain Kerr, 61, was suspended from practising medicine for six months for prescribing sodiumamytal to a retired businesswoman after she told him she had considered suicide. John Donnelly, chairman of the GMC Fitness to Practise Panel, told the doctor he had allowed his views on physician-assisted...

2008-07-26 09:00:38

By Stephen McGinty WHEN I tell people that my Primary 3 class was taught how to sing the theme tune from M*A*S*H, few people believe me. "Wasn't that 'Suicide is Painless'?" they enquire, hesitantly. Yup. The culprit was a supply teacher, but a very good one: even though she only taught one class I still remember every word. I can only assume the headmistress caught sight of her conducting a class of six-year- olds, sitting cross-legged on the carpet and swaying as they warbled out lyrics...

2008-07-25 12:00:27

By HELEN PUTTICK HEALTH CORRESPONDENT A GP who gave sleeping pills to an elderly patient so she could end her life was suspended for six months and may not return to his job. Dr Iain Kerr, from Glasgow, was yesterday told his registration to practise medicine would be temporarily withdrawn by a panel of the General Medical Council, who said it was "necessary to send a message to the medical profession that this behaviour is unacceptable". Dr Kerr, who used to be a member of the Voluntary...

2008-07-25 06:00:45

By Lyndsay Moss Health Correspondent CAMPAIGNERS yesterday called for a change in the law to allow patients to ask for help to end their lives, after a Scottish GP was suspended for prescribing sleeping pills to an elderly woman so she could kill herself. Dr Iain Kerr, a family doctor in Glasgow, was found guilty of misconduct after prescribing the pills to an elderly patient with osteoporosis, who went on to kill herself using other drugs. Yesterday, the General Medical Council (GMC)...

2008-07-24 15:00:24

A DOCTOR who admitted prescribing sleeping tablets to enable a pensioner to end her life has been branded irresponsible. The General Medical Council found Dr Iain Kerr, from Newton Mearns, brought the medical profession into disrepute by giving the drug sodium amytal to the retired businesswoman after she had told him she had considered killing herself. They also described his prescription of sodium amytal to three others as not in his patients' best interests. The GMC, which has the...


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