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Assisted Dying debate: Statements from the Chief Minister and Minister for Health and Social Services

22 May 2024

​Chief Minister, Deputy Lyndon Farnham, said: 

“The States Assembly decision to approve assisted dying is designed to assist terminally ill islanders and their families, giving them autonomy over their end-of-life choices. Alongside this, we have agreed that robust safeguards will be enshrined in law. 

“Once the new legislation is drafted, which is expected to take up to 18 months, the States will debate the draft law and, if it is approved, assisted dying could take in place in Jersey from 2027. 

“The assisted dying proposals were debated in a thoughtful, respectful and considered manner and States Members would like to thank everyone who contributed to the debate.” 

Minister for Health and Social services, Deputy Tom Binet, said: 

“I would like to thank the Assembly for a respectful, thoughtful debate. Assisted dying is a complex topic which gives rise to strong and conflicting emotions – which is as it should be given that we have been debating about one of the most serious matters we will ever address. 

“I am pleased that the Assembly voted in favour of developing an assisted dying law, but on a personal level, I think it is matter of regret that they only adopted assisted dying for the terminally ill and not those experiencing unbearable suffering. However, I fully accept that this decision reflects the will of the Assembly and wishes of many Islanders. 

“The next step is the law drafting which will take up to 18 months. The draft law will then need to be debated by the Assembly, followed by an 18-month implementation period, with the new law coming into effect in summer 2027.”​

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