Eight years ago, psychiatrist Dr. Colin Brewer was removed from the United Kingdom’s medical register after he inappropriately prescribed drugs to his addictive patients, including heroin substitutes. In fact, in September 2001, one of Dr. Brewer’s patients, Grant Smith, 29, died after the psychiatrist gave him a home detox kit containing 16 drugs, including the tranquillisers diazepam and temazepam.
When Dr. Brewer’s medical license was revoked, the NHS argued that his clinic had become a drug “grocery” where addicts could get any drug they wanted. Additionally, the now 73-year-old doctor prescribed drugs that caused several patients to become more dependent on or addicted to more drugs.
However, apparently that doesn’t matter to Swiss assisted dying clinics in the U.K. The death clinics have been accepting Dr. Brewer’s medical assessments over the last two years, which have led to the death of seven patients. And now Dr. Brewer is speaking openly on how he helped those patients kill themselves.
In his assessments, he argued that these people were mentally alert enough to know what they were doing and should die dignified deaths. Unbelievably, of the patients he assessed, only one had a terminal illness. You see, this is the problem with assisted suicide— accepting suicide for terminal patients leads to accepting suicide for the sick and disabled. Then from there we’re no longer just “helping” people kill themselves, we’re murdering them through coercion and euthanasia.
Among the seven people were Marjorie, a former businesswoman in her nineties, who lived in severe pain that could not be diagnosed or treated.
A man in his sixties called Eddie, a retired professional, was going blind and wanted to die before he lost his sight.
Then there was Henry, in his eighties and with early Alzheimer’s, and Charlotte, a WI chairman with Alzheimer’s, who wanted to die before she had to leave her home.
Speaking about Jacques, a retired academic in his seventies who suffered arthritis, heart disease and high blood pressure, Dr Brewer said: ‘It sounds no worse than in most people of his age. But he dreaded the possibility of a sudden deterioration … that would deprive him of the mental capacity to decide on the manner of his death.’
The only one of the seven with a terminal illness was Nick, who had motor neurone disease and was told he had less than a year to live.
Dr. Brewer is a death-advocate and even co-edited a book titled, I’ll See Myself Out, Thank you. In the book he writes, “In the last year or two, I have carried out psychiatric assessments for a few people who were planning to go to Switzerland for medically assisted rational suicide.
Nearly all these people had led lives that marked them out as exemplary and high-achieving … They wanted deaths that matched their lives, with a minimum of pain … but also well-organized, civilized, considerate of others, not too long and, above all, dignified.”