Right to die GP plans own death
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.’