Canada Doctor Stops Practicing After Guilty Assisted Suicide Plea

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 3, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 3
, 2007

Vernon, Canada ( — A British Columbia physician has agreed to stop practicing medicine while a medical broad investigates whether or not he tried to kill a patient via assisted suicide. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. is investigating Dr. Ramesh Kumar Sharma, who is accused of assisting a suicide attempt last spring.

Sharma plead guilty last Wednesday in a provincial court of trying to help 92-year-old Ruth Wolfe kill herself.

The attempt was unsuccessful as staff at the residential care facility where Wolfe lived intervened and saved her life.

Police began their investigation after the facility’s staff notified them of the attempted assisted suicide.

Wolfe previously said she was mentally sound and wanted Sharma’s help in ending her life. She did not respond to a request for comment from the CanWest News Service but has said she doesn’t any charges pressed against the doctor.

Sharma was charged with the attempted assisted suicide in August and the medical board suspended his license after charges were brought.

They later allowed him to practice medicine again but under certain conditions such as not prescribing narcotic drugs and having a monitor present during interactions with patients.

Then, following his guilty plea, the medical board recently asked Sharma to again withdraw from his practice and he agreed to do so.

The sentencing is scheduled for June 11.