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Vote on legalising assisted dying in Guernsey is due in months

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1342 (Published 22 March 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k1342
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

Politicians in Guernsey look set to vote on the controversial issue of taking steps towards legalising assisted dying, which would be the first such regime in the British Isles.

Several members of the island’s parliament have put forward a “requête”1—the closest equivalent to a private member’s bill in Westminster—on the issue of assisted dying, with a debate and vote due to take place sometime in May.

Passing it would mean agreement, in principle, to the development of a suitable legal regime to permit assisted dying in Guernsey for people who are terminally ill and mentally competent, and would lead to an …

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