#1146 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 1 November 2015
On Monday the Medical Board of Australia disciplined euthanasia activist Dr Philip Nitschke after he admitted supporting the decision of 45-year-old Perth man Nigel Brayley, who was not terminally ill, to commit suicide.
FamilyVoice Australia research officer Ros Phillips said the new restrictions on Dr Philip Nitschke’s medical licence were a step in the right direction, but did not go far enough. She said:
It is a relief that Dr Nitschke will no longer be able to conduct his suicide workshops or provide specific advice to individuals on suicide methods. Too many people, including young people, have used his advice to take their lives when they have been suffering treatable or temporary bouts of depression.
Mrs Phillips said Dr Nitschke had blood on his hands, and the Medical Board of Australia should send a much stronger message to pro-euthanasia doctors by revoking his licence to practice medicine.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.