Philip Nitschke suspended: Euthanasia advocate presents 'serious risk to public health, safety'

THE Australian Medical Board has suspended pro euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke on the grounds he presents a serious risk to public health and safety.

The ruling - which came into effect at midnight - follows the suicide of Perth man Nigel Brayley, who had sought advice from Dr Nitschke prior to his death.

During a visit to Horsham on Friday, Dr Nitschke told the Mail-Times he expected to be suspended.

He had until 5pm on Monday to show cause as to why he should not be de-registered.

"They said they have to have an immediate position because I pose a threat to the community, which strikes me as being somewhat bizarre," he said.

Dr Nitschke told the Mail-Times he would immediately appeal a suspension.

"We're not about to give up on this one," he said.

In a statement on his Exit International website, Dr Nitschke said he would host a press conference at 11am Thursday to respond to the board's ruling.

He said the board's claims that he had breached his duty to 'protect and promote the health of individuals in the community' and that he 'poses a serious risk to the health and safety of the public' lacked evidence and were politically motivated.

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