“The new restrictions on Dr Philip Nitschke’s medical licence are a step in the right direction, but they do not go far enough,” FamilyVoice Australia research officer Ros Phillips said today.
The Medical Board of Australia today announced 25 conditions that Dr Nitschke has agreed to comply with. He will only be allowed to practise medicine in the Northern Territory, and he must not endorse or encourage the suicide of any member of the public.
The Board decision comes after Dr Nitschke admitted supporting the decision of Perth man Nigel Brayley (45) to commit suicide.
“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,” Ros Phillips said. “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.
“This man has their blood on his hands. It is hard to see how any medical board could allow him to continue to practise medicine, even conditionally.”
Ros Phillips said people Dr Nitschke has trained will still be able to conduct suicide workshops.
“The Medical Board of Australia should send a much stronger message to doctors who want to go down the Nitschke path,” she said. “His licence should be revoked.”
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