Physician assisted suicide to be debated

Physician assisted suicide to be debated

A debate on whether doctors should aid patients who wish to end their lives will take place at the University of Aberdeen on Monday (November 16).

The Suttie Centre for Teaching and Learning in Healthcare at Foresterhill is the venue for the debate which has the motion - This house believes that physician assisted suicide should be made legal in Scotland.

Jeremy Purvis MSP for Tweedale, Ettrick and Lauderdale and Dr Libby Wilson, convenor and medical adviser for the society Friends at the End, will argue in favour of the motion.

Putting the case against it will be John Deighan, Parliamentary Officer for the Catholic Church of Scotland, and Aberdeen GP Dr Willie Harrison.

The event, organised by the Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) in Grampian, is open to the public. It will take place between 7pm and 9pm and include opportunities for the audience to ask questions.

SiehYean Kiew, Vice President of the student branch of the CMF, has helped organise the debate. She said:  “It should be a really spirited evening and we expect it to be of interest to anyone interested in legal, ethical and right to die issues.”