Child euthanasia claims probed

Health officials are investigating claims that terminally ill children have been illegally euthanised by British doctors.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has launched an investigation into claims of terminally ill children being given lethal overdoses
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has launched an investigation into claims of terminally ill children being given lethal overdoses

An official investigation has been launched by the Department of Health into the allegations, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said.

In February retired GP Michael Irwin claimed that medics have given sick children overdoses with painkillers.

At the time Mr Hunt said he would look into the issue and now he has confirmed that the Department of Health is investigating.

After being asked about the issue on LBC Radio, Mr Hunt said: "An investigation is now under way by my department.

"The police are not involved at the moment.

"I'm afraid I am not in a position to comment because it is highly sensitive."

Euthanasia is illegal in Britain but legal in other countries. In February Belgium became the first country in the world to allow the euthanasia of children.