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Tuesday, 13 May 2003
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Mr Murphy asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 4 February 2003:

(1) Further to the reply to part (7) of question No. 1128, did any surgeon, oncologist, consultant physician, general practitioner, interventional radiologist or gastroenterologist indicate in their reports to the Director of Public Prosecutions an opinion on the life expectancy of Dr Malcolm Arthur Colston; if so, who so indicated.

(2) Did any of those reports indicate that Dr Colston had only months to live; if so, who so indicated.

(3) What did each of the other reports indicate in terms of any opinion expressed about the likely life expectancy of Dr Colston.

(4) Is he able to say whether any of these 7 doctors still holds the view that Dr Colston is terminally ill; if so, which doctors hold that view.

(5) Is he also able to say whether either of the two independent eminent medical specialists who examined Dr Colston in May 1999 still holds the view that Dr Colston has months to live; if so, which specialist holds that view; if not, what opinions do they now hold about the likely life expectancy of Dr Colston.

Mr Williams (Attorney-General) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes. Surgeon, Oncologist, Gastroenterologist, Surgeon.

(2) Surgeon, Gastroenterologist, Surgeon.

(3) Those who gave an indication did not disagree that Dr Colston had a limited life expectancy.

(4) The DPP is aware the Consultant Physician does. It is not aware about the others.

(5) No.