QC and medical experts to discuss assisted suicide
THE Faculty is teaming up again with the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in a second medico-legal debate, examining assisted suicide.
In the first collaboration earlier this year, the spotlight fell on the implications and lessons of the Bawa-Garba case, in which a doctor was convicted of the manslaughter of a six-year-old boy by gross negligence and given a two-year suspended jail sentence.
The next event in the Doctors, Lawyers and Wolves series will see David Stephenson, QC, a specialist in medical law, joining a panel of medical experts to discuss, “Till Death Do Us Part”. Issues to be raised include legal aspects of end-of-life care and whether the law needs to be changed to permit physician assisted suicide.
Mr Stephenson said: “Assisted suicide is an issue that will not go away, despite failed attempts to legislate in both Scotland and England. The position in Scotland is unsatisfactory in light of the Inner House decision in Ross v Lord Advocate 2016 SC 502. The case suggests assistance will not in some circumstances be criminal in Scotland. If so, then the limits of legality and the regulation of practice in the interests of affected individuals and the wider public is a matter of acute concern.”
The event is on Wednesday, 12 September, from 6pm at the RCPE’s Great Hall in Queen Street, Edinburgh. Full details at http://events.rcpe.ac.uk/events/612/doctors-lawyers-and-wolves--till-death-do-us-part