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2008-07-23 03:00:58

A GP who gave a potentially suicidal patient sleeping pills faces being struck off. Dr Iain Kerr, 61, prescribed 30 sodium amytal pills to a retired businesswoman in 1998 after she told him she had considered suicide. Yesterday, a General Medical Council fitness to practise panel told him that it was "inappropriate, irresponsible, liable to bring the profession into disrepute and not in your patient's best interest". The same ruling was made against the Glasgow GP for failing to refer...

2008-07-21 15:01:02

A GP who gave sleeping pills to a patient so she could kill herself branded the law out of step. Dr Iain Kerr gave the pills to the 87-year-old woman as an "insurance policy" after she expressed fears about how she would die. The Glasgow GP, a former member of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society of Scotland, defended his actions during a General Medical Council misconduct hearing. He said: "The law of the land is often out of step with what might be called natural justice or social justice...

2008-07-21 15:00:21

A GLASGOW GP accused of prescribing tablets to an OAP to help her kill herself has come under fire from a GMC expert. Dr Leonard Peter told a General Medical Council hearing that the standard of care provided by Dr Iain Kerr fell far below that expected of a general practitioner. Dr Peter was called to give evidence by the GMC's counsel on the third day of the hearing in Manchester, which is considering Dr Kerr's fitness to practise medicine. The panel has already been told Dr Kerr...

2008-07-21 12:01:25

By HELEN PUTTICK HEALTH CORRESPONDENT A GP who prescribed sleeping pills to a pensioner who wanted to kill herself said he felt he had a duty to help people who wanted to die. Dr Iain Kerr, who practises in Clarkston, in the suburbs of Glasgow, told a General Medical Council hearing yesterday that the law did not always reflect what was right. The 61-year-old, who gave the pills to the pensioner as an "insurance policy" after she expressed fears about how she would meet her end, became...

2008-07-18 12:00:26

By HELEN PUTTICK HEALTH CORRESPONDENT A GP accused of prescribing sleeping tablets to enable a pensioner to end her life was criticised by a General Medical Council expert yesterday . Dr Leonard Peter told a GMC hearing that the standard of care provided by Dr Iain Kerr, from Glasgow, fell far below that expected of a general practitioner. Dr Peter was called to give evidence by the GMC's counsel on the third day of the hearing which is considering Dr Kerr's fitness to practise...

2008-07-17 12:01:18

A SCOTS GP in favour of assisted suicide told patients he belonged to the Euthanasia Society , a hearing was told yesterday. When interviewed by police, Dr Iain Kerr, who practises in Clarkston, admitted he had mentioned being a member of the society - even though he wasn't - "because it gives patients the choice of discussing end-of-life matters". The 61-year-old is accused by the General Medical Council of supplying an elderly patient with sleeping tablets so she could take her own...

2008-07-16 15:01:08

By HELEN PUTTICK HEALTH CORRESPONDENT A SCOTTISH GP in favour of assisted suicide told patients he belonged to the Euthanasia Society as a way of opening discussion on the topic, a hearing was told yesterday. When interviewed by police, Dr Iain Kerr, who practises in Clarkston, Glasgow, admitted he had mentioned being a member of the society - even though he did not belong "because it gives patients the choice of discussing end-of-life matters". The Herald revealed on Monday the...

2008-07-15 15:00:15

A DOCTOR has been accused of prescribing tablets to an 87-year- old patient to enable her to take her own life. Dr Iain Kerr, of Williamwood Medical Centre in Clarkston, East Renfrewshire, appeared before a General Medical Council hearing. He is accused of giving the woman - who it was said was afraid of becoming a burden on her family - sleeping pills against official guidance. The woman later died in 2005 of an overdose from different drugs. A further five cases of inappropriately...

2008-07-15 12:01:00

By HELEN PUTTICK HEALTH CORRESPONDENT SHE was described as being unhappy with her quality of life and her level of mobility, yet she also played bridge with friends and talked about going on holiday, according to the evidence submitted to a General Medical Council hearing yesterday. In fact, the 87-year-old patient at the centre of the case against Glasgow GP Dr Iain Kerr was "quite an independent lady for her age". Her private carer, known as Jacqueline White, went shopping with her...

2008-07-15 12:00:14

By HELEN PUTTICK HEALTH CORRESPONDENT A SCOTTISH doctor was accused yesterday of prescribing tablets to an elderly patient to enable her to take her own life. Dr Iain Kerr, a Glasgow GP, appeared before a General Medical Council hearing accused of giving the 87-year-old, who it is said was afraid of becoming a burden on her family, sleeping pills against official guidance. The woman later died of an overdose from different drugs. A further five cases of inappropriately prescribing...


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  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
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