Jersey Hospice Care Statement on Assisted Dying

Tuesday 25 Jan 2022

Updated 25.01.2023

In November 2021, Jersey’s States Assembly became the first parliament in the British Isles to decide ‘in principle’ that assisted dying should be allowed and make arrangements for the provision of an assisted dying service. They agreed 'in principle' that a person could be assisted to die either by taking medication or being given medication, subject to being a Jersey resident, safeguards being in place, and other specific conditions. The States Assembly are due to consider more detailed proposals on assisted dying in November 2022. Further information on the States Assembly decision is available on the Government of Jersey  website.

Jersey Hospice Care acknowledges the assisted dying debate taking place in Jersey and we are in regular contact with the Government of Jersey and fully engaged with the public consultation process that is taking place. We welcome an open and honest debate on all aspects of care offered to those with a chronic and long-term illness, in particular those approaching the end of life. We believe it is important to talk about access to good and well-resourced palliative care, As pro PAS groups and as in many parts of the world, good end of life care is PAS.

We actively support dedicated professionals providing palliative care in care homes, the hospital and in the community. We support and encourage investment in education and care through the whole healthcare system that alleviates suffering, promotes listening and communication, through skilled, evidence-based interventions, meeting the personal, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the person.

The European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC) has declared that the provision of euthanasia and assisted dying shall not be included in the practice of palliative care, a position that has remained unchanged for 50 years. This is a position that we support. The focus of Jersey Hospice Care now and tomorrow shall always be about the living and living well and when the time comes to die naturally.