This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Suicide Act which decriminalised attempted suicide.
Looking back, it seems incredible that people driven to the verge of self-destruction were prosecuted.
Opponents of the Suicide Act 1961 were forerunners of those who now make sneering attacks on Dr Michael Irwin, nicknamed Dr Death ‘by a string of tabloid newspapers’ (Herald, September 9).
Dr Irwin’s right-to-die campaigning had earned him the admiration of thousands and the gratitude of the few he enabled to end their lives as they wished at a time of their choosing.
Fifty years hence, people will regard it as incredible that patients travelled to Switzerland for this purpose because doctor-assisted suicide was illegal in Britain.
W. J. McIlroy
Somerhill Road, Hove