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Isle of Man votes assisted dying bill to come forward

At the end of May, MHKs have backed the introduction of a private members’ bill which could see terminally ill adults on the Isle of Man given the right to end their lives. A majority in the House of Keys voted to allow Alex Allinson MHK’s proposed laws on assisted dying to be drafted.

But concerns were raised about consent, safeguarding, and whether the Manx health service could cope with the changes that would be needed. Dr Allinson said the changes would give terminally ill people a “real choice”. He said the process of assisted dying would be prescribing life-ending drugs to mentally competent terminally ill adults to self administer once “strict legal safeguards” had been met.

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