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New Zealand publishes first data on legal assisted dying practice

Assisted dying became legal in New Zealand from 7 November 2021. This month, the New Zealand Ministry of Health published the data of the period 7 Nov 2021 – 31 Mar 2022.

Between 7 November 2021 and 31 March 2022, 206 people applied for assisted dying. As at 31 March:

  • 59 people were still in the process of assessment or preparation for assisted dying
  • 81 people did not continue the process (due to being ineligible, withdrawing or dying of their condition)
  • 66 people had an assisted death.

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