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GPs asked to provide patients with medical reports for Dignitas


The 1961 Suicide Act is unique in that there is a penalty for assisting someone in doing something that is not itself a crime! GPs in Scotland need not be legally concerned as the 1961 Suicide Act does not apply in Scotland where suicide was never a crime. Assisting in a suicide to the extent that it could be regarded as culpable homicide or even murder would obviously be a very different matter. Providing a report that might be given to Dignitas is clearly neither. The GMC are currently concerned about the legal aspects of this but if they were to make a specific rule that disregarded the legal position then GPs in Scotland would end up with the same potential problem.

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25 Oct 2012

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