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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...

2008-08-22 03:00:44

FORMER health minister Andy Kerr yesterday called for a new generation of centres combining care for the elderly and nursery places. The Labour leadership hopeful believes respite care for the elderly and nurseries for pre-school kids should be provided under the same roof. The idea is widespread in France but there are only a handful of such centres in Scotland. Speaking after a visit to one of them, at Muirend, Glasgow, Kerr said: "In France, nursing care for the elderly is combined...

2008-08-18 09:00:46

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Board of Directors of Uranium International Corp. ("Uranium International") (BULLETIN BOARD: URNI) has appointed William D. Thomas as Chief Financial Officer and Board Director. William D. (Bill) Thomas has a lengthy career in finance and accounting for the natural resource sector spanning more than thirty years. Most prominently, Mr. Thomas held various successive management positions with Kerr McGee Corporation's China...

2008-08-14 15:00:41

DEAR ME, Mr Kerr (Letters, August 13): lighten up! I, too, value Michael Tumelty's opinions, even if I sometimes wonder if he and I were at the same event. I cannot comment on Mahagonny, but I am at one with Michael's opinion of the first-night performance by Scottish Opera of The Two Widows. While the opera itself may not flow as smoothly as The Bartered Bride, it does have lots of attractive music, and the fact the music is immediately accessible should not see it derided. I take it that...

2008-08-01 15:00:53

By ROBBIE DINWOODIE LABOUR leadership hopeful Andy Kerr has been dealt a devastating blow to his campaign by a party stalwart's accusation of "cant and humbug" over the former health minister's role in threatened hospital cuts. Mr Kerr, who launches his leadership campaign in Glasgow today, has been savaged by a senior figure in North Lanarkshire whose father was the MP who campaigned for the founding of Monklands Hospital. Jim Dempsey, son of the late James Dempsey, has circulated an...

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...

2008-07-25 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)...

2008-07-25 00:00:25

By Al Lowe There are no hassles over paperwork or qualifiers for those applying to purchase food through the Angelfood Ministries program. "If you eat, you qualify," said Darlene Love, a church elder who takes orders for the national Christian program at Kerr Presbyterian in Penn Hills. "So many people don't know about the program." "I've heard people say, 'Let the poor have it.' But everybody can save through it," said Don Thomson, president of the council overseeing the Evangelical...

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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