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Doctor Death in York


11:20am 21st November 2011
(Updated 11:21am 21st November 2011)

A controversy seminar's underway in York discussing ways that people can commit suicide.

Australian euthanasia campaigner, Philip Nitschke (otherwise known as Doctor Death), is heading it up at the Priory Street Centre.

It's sparked a fierce debate as to whether assisted suicide should be discussed in this way, when it's a crime in the UK.

Dr Nitschke is in York as part of a UK tour talking about ways to help the elderly and terminally ill to end their lives.

He's defended his beliefs, saying that people have a right to know ways to end their life.

He said he is aware assisting suicide is a crime in the UK, which is punishable with 14 years in jail, but said his seminars “inform so people can make informed choices”.

Anyone experiencing feelings of depression and contemplating suicide can phone the Samaritans on 020 8394 8300.

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