Medical board suspends 'Dr Death'

  • 23/07/2014

By 3 News online staff

Euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke had his medical registration suspended by the Australian Medical Board (AMB) last night.

The board believes he "presents a serious risk to public health and safety", reports ABC News.

Dr Nitschke, often dubbed Dr Death, took to Twitter last night saying he would appeal the "politically motivated de-registration".

An investigation into Dr Nitschke began earlier this month by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, which offers support to the AMB.

ABC News reports the investigation follows Dr Nitschke admitting that he supported a Perth man's decision to commit suicide, despite him not being terminally ill.

It is believed 45-year-old Nigel Brayley died in May after taking Nembutal, a euthanasia drug he had illegally imported.

Mr Brayley had sent Dr Nitschke emails mentioning that he was not terminally ill, but was "suffering", according to ABC News.

Dr Nitschke will formally respond to the AMB's decision in a press conference today.

Those seeking information or support about suicide can contact Lifeline on 0800 543 354.

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