Struck-off doctor sends six dementia patients to Swiss suicide clinics

by Sanchez Manning, Mail on Sunday, 22 January 2017

Ms Manning reports that a psychiatrist who was struck off in 2006 by the United Kingdom’s General Medical Board “has helped six British dementia sufferers to end their lives at assisted suicide clinics in Switzerland.”

Psychiatrist Colin Brewer, who is no longer allowed to practise in Britain, wrote medical reports stating the patients had the mental capacity to choose to die.

None of the six – who died between 2013 and 2016, among them an eminent physicist – was suffering from a terminal illness.

Dr Brewer, an associate co-ordinator for right-to-die group My Death My Decision, said he is the only doctor in Britain willing to assess if dementia patients who want to be helped to die are of sound mind.

He explained: ‘You don’t have to be a doctor to assess mental capacity. It’s helpful but it’s not essential.’

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In 2015 a Daily Mail undercover journalist – posing as a 35-year old woman with a mental illness who wanted assisted suicide at Dignitas –