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...the BMA, Age

Concern and the Alzheimer's Disease Society also oppose it.

During the Commons debate, Dr Peter Brand, Isle of Wight MP, told the House that people had "a right to death" and confessed under the terms of the Bill he would be a "multiple murderer". He described how he once withdrew "tubes" from a two-year-old boy with leukaemia who "might have responded to treatment" but who died within 48 hours.

The admission also caused dismay among many MPs, with Glasgow Kelvin MP George Galloway describing the speech as "disturbing, alarming and chilling", saying he was glad Dr Brand was not his GP.

Mr Galloway said: "Indeed, almost everyone except cranks say that they are against euthanasia, but it is clear that we have creeping euthanasia in this country — euthanasia by the back door, by court judgements rather than by judgements made here in Parliament, and by general practitioners ."

He added: "I believe that the Bill is not against the medical profession: it has been introduced not because we want to distrust doctors or because we do not respect them, but to buttress and protect their integrity so that no-one will be in any doubt as to the motives and purposes from which they speak. It should be supported."

Police in the Isle of Wight have begun to investigate the clinical records of Dr Brand.

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