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Breaking news: Dr. Nitschke says he has 48 hours to defend being struck off by medical board

by | Jul 17, 2014


By Paul Russell, Founder, HOPE Australia

Editor’s note. Exit International is a pro-euthanasia lobby group. Perth is the capital of the Australian state of Western Australia.

Dr. Philip Nitschke

Dr. Philip Nitschke

Dr. Philip Nitschke, head of Exit International, held a press conference today ahead of an Exit meeting in Melbourne, Australia.

The Age Newspaper is reporting that Dr. Nitschke claims he has 48 hours to mount a defence against the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), the medical board of Australia, whom the report says, wants Nitschke deregistered as a medical practitioner.

AHPRA now has a media statement on their website confirming this move, saying:

Immediate action is a serious step. The threshold for the Board to take immediate action is high and is defined in section 156 of the National Law. To take immediate action, the Board must reasonably believe that:

*because of their conduct, performance or health, the practitioner poses a ‘serious risk to persons’ and that it is necessary to take immediate action to protect public health or safety, or

*that the practitioner’s registration was improperly obtained, or

*the practitioner or student’s registration was cancelled or suspended in another jurisdiction.

You can read the full press statement HERE:

The ABC News is confirming:

“Speaking in Melbourne, Dr Nitschke said ‘the Medical Board, under pressure, has suddenly decided that immediate deregistration seems to be the best option. So that’s what they decided to do.’”

This detail comes on the back of an ABC 7:30 Report recently where it was disclosed that Dr. Nitschke spoke and corresponded with a Perth man who admitted in an email to Exit that he intended to [commit] suicide. Suicide Prevention authorities were outraged that Dr. Nitschke admitted on television that he did nothing to try and stop the man. …

It is clear that the public response from suicide prevention agencies and also the Australian Medical Association in Western Australia have fed the appropriate public outrage at this situation. …

As reported earlier Nitschke seems to be basing his defence on the notion that suicide can be rational and, according to today’s report, that the original ABC 7:30 report was biased.

Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post on Mr. Russell’s blog.

Categories: Assisted Suicide