It is my understanding that in the last 10 years, two Guernsey residents have travelled to Switzerland to enable you to support their end of life choices.

Consequently, we share your objective that giving individuals more choice will mitigate their need to travel to Zurich. Further, like you, we see this as a fundamentally a human rights issue. If we are successful in our debate – which is likely to commence on 16th May – we will then embark on an extensive period of consultation during which, I am sure, your offer to engage would be welcome.

In developing an appropriate regime for our own community, we would obviously want to learn from the experience of other jurisdictions, including your own, particularly with regard to the safeguards, protections and protocols that guarantee a safe regime.

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