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Assisted dying: Guernsey rejects proposal to move towards legalisation

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 21 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2236

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  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

A majority of politicians in Guernsey have voted against a proposal that would have approved moves towards legalising assisted dying—a change that would have created the first such regime in the British Isles.

After a highly charged three day debate held on 16-18 May a proposal made by Gavin St Pier, chief minister at Guernsey’s parliament and president of the policy and resources committee, was defeated by 24 votes to 14.

His “Requête”1—the closest equivalent to a private member’s bill in Westminster—had proposed agreeing, in principle, to developing a suitable legal regime to permit assisted dying in Guernsey for people who are terminally ill and mentally competent, as …

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