Right to die GP plans own death

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A RE­TIRED GP who led the cam­paign for as­sisted sui­cide and ac­com­pa­nied Bri­tish peo­ple to eu­thana­sia clin­ics in Switzer­land is plan­ning his own death. Dr Michael Ir­win (pic­tured) has pro­gres­sive kid­ney fail­ure and wants to legally con­trol his even­tual death with help from a GPs who can of­fer him ris­ing doses of seda­tives and painkillers.

Dr Ir­win said: ‘At 86 I am liv­ing on bor­rowed time, as so many men, born like my­self in the UK in 1931, are now dead.

‘I don’t want to hang on get­ting more and more de­crepit, I’ve no de­sire to be in a nurs­ing home. It’s a life I do not want. It’s a ques­tion of plan­ning ahead.’

Re­fer­ring to the Swiss as­sisted sui­cide so­ci­ety to which he be­longs, the fa­ther of three added: ‘Dig­ni­tas is a pos­si­bil­ity. The trou­ble is you have to make the jour­ney, it’s nice if one could stay at home.’

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