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Guernsey's government votes against the permit of assisted dying

22/05/2018 News Team

Guernsey’s parliament has voted against the permiting of assisted dying for people who are terminally ill, mentally competent or have less than six months to live.

The motion which was put forward by the island's chief minister Gavin St Pier in March, but was rejected by 24 votes to 14 after a three day debate.

However, politicians did agree to review end-of-life care due to an increase in healthcare needs for the island's ageing population and measures required to improve quality of life for elderly islanders will be investigated.

If the motion had been permitted Guernsey would have become the first place in the British Isles to allow assisted dying.

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