Les Cotils, 7pm, 1st May 2018

Date: 27th April 2018

Assisted Dying debate: 7pm, 1st May, Les Cotils

Dr Richard Scheffer and Rabbi Jonathan Romain have agreed to come to Guernsey to speak at the debate being organised by Deputy Dudley-Owen.  Deputy Laurie Queripel, one of the signatories to the Requete, said, “We are delighted that Jonathan and Richard have made themselves available to participate in this debate.  They have different backgrounds and perspectives which should help inform the evening.”  Richard Scheffer is a retired palliative care consultant and was also a hospice medical director.  Jonathan Romain is a rabbi, writer and broadcaster.  

Richard Scheffer read medicine at the University of Cape Town during which he became interested in palliative medicine. After completing house jobs and a brief spell in general practice he trained in clinical oncology at King Edward VIII Hospital in Durban and Velindre Hospital, Cardiff, before taking a training post in palliative medicine at St Christopher’s Hospice in London. He was a hospice medical director and consultant in palliative medicine in the UK for 20 years before retiring.  Following retirement Richard has served on the Board of Dignity in Dying, the group campaigning to change the law to make assisted dying legal in the UK; and also on the Board of Compassion in Dying, a charity committed to helping individuals to know and understand their options and to make and implement good choices at the end of life.

Rabbi, writer and broadcaster, Jonathan Romain is minister of Maidenhead Synagogue, Berkshire. He writes for ‘The Times’, ‘Guardian’ and religious press, and is regularly on the BBC. His many books include ‘The Jews of England’ and ‘Faith and Practice: A Guide to Reform Judaism Today’. He received the MBE for his work nationally in helping mixed-faith couples. His latest book, Confessions of a Rabbi (Biteback), has had wide coverage in the media. He is chaplain to the Jewish Police Association, advisory board member of the Council of Christians and Jews, President of the Accord Coalition for inclusive education and Vice-Chair of Dignity in Dying.