My Care My Choice
My Care My Choice
Campaigning to improve end-of-life care options in the Channel Islands.
 
 

help us improve end-of-life care in 

Guernsey

There is a gap in our care system.  Our laws criminalise an act of kindness.  It's time for a change.

 
 
 
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Our Campaign

We want to improve the end-of-life care options that are available in the Bailiwick of Guernsey and to help people avoid unnecessary suffering.

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6

months

The time between the start of our campaign in Guernsey and the issue being debated in the States of Deliberation.

 

1349

signatures

The number of people who signed our petition to legalise assisted dying in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

 
 

14

politicians

The number of politicians who voted to legalise assisted dying in Guernsey during the 2018 debate.

 
 

Reasons to change

Patient choice and autonomy are at the heart of our campaign. Currently, terminally ill, mentally competent adults are denied the right to make key decisions in their own care.  This has to change.

 

kindness, compassion & morality

The harsh truth about the status quo is that some people are being forced to endure awful and unnecessary suffering at the end of their lives.  Every week, one person from the British Isles travels to Dignitas in Switzerland at a cost of roughly £10000.  We are effectively outsourcing our compassion.

 

human rights

We believe that mentally competent adults should be able to make this extremely personal decision for themselves.  Who is anyone to tell another that they must live on and suffer?  As Stephen Hawking once said, "To keep someone alive against their wishes is surely the ultimate indignity."

there is a gap in the care system

It is a simple fact that even the best palliative care in the world cannot help everyone.  Palliative care does nothing to help with issues such as autonomy.  Many people experience only partial pain relief, and some receive no pain relief at all.  Some people do not want palliative care but have no choice.
 

it's time

A growing number of jurisdictions around the world have recognised the problem and legalised assisted dying. Oregon, Washington State, Washington DC, Colorado, Montana, Vermont, Hawaii, Canada and Victoria in Australia have all legalised assisted dying.  Oregon did so 20 year ago and there have been no cases of abuse.

 
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gavin st pier, guernsey chief minister

"Governments can choose to lead or they can choose to follow; either way, giving terminally ill individuals their right to informed end of life choices is inevitable"

 

Get Involved

You can help us in a number of ways:

  1. Write or email your politicians
  2. Help spread the message in person and on social media
  3. Donate to our campaign
 

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