Retired GP supports assisted suicide Bill

Bob Scott, spokesman for the campaign.
Bob Scott, spokesman for the campaign.

A retired general practitioner who supports legalisation of assisted suicide has urged MSPs to “pay attention” to the results of a recent poll.

The poll, which was carried out recently for a new campaign body, showed that over two thirds of Scots (69 per cent) want the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill, being put forward by independent MSP Margo MacDonald, to be passed by Holyrood.

Bob Scott (73) from Drymen, a spokesperson for the independent organisation ‘My Life, My Death, My Choice’ which is being led by the Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) and the group ‘Friends At The End’ (Fate), said: “This poll result shows there is a large amount of support for the assisted Suicide Bill in Scotland. We think MSPs should pay attention to the 69 per cent of the electorate that are in favour of this Bill and take action to pass this measure as soon as possible.

He added: “Even with the excellent palliative care available in Scotland, a small number of patients are unable to have their intolerable suffering relieved. We want to ensure that people are provided with appropriate information to make their own individual choices and, in certain limited circumstances, given assistance to end their life.”

The Bill is Lothian MSP Ms MacDonald’s second attempt to change the law to give people the right to die when they choose, her last attempt was voted down during the last parliament.

Dr Scott, who is a celebrant for the HSS, says he would be willing to get involved in assisting people who want to end their own life.

To do this he would act as a ‘facilitator’ - collecting the fatal prescription from a doctor and overseeing a patient’s final hours. Only those who are terminally ill or suffering from deteriorating progressive conditions will be able to seek assisted suicide.