If you are a healthcare worker in Jersey, you can add your name below the letter
Assisted suicide and euthanasia are not healthcare. The current proposals in the States Assembly run counter to our actions as health care professionals. We console, reassure and support many in desperate situations. Patients often are weary, distressed or depressed. These are not reasons to help them die but to affirm their value, worth and intrinsic dignity.
We understand those who call for euthanasia do so from compassionate motives, but there will be unintended consequences for us all. Loss of trust in health care, loss of doctors from the Island, elderly patients being pressurized into suicide – this is not the community we want to build. Instead, let Jersey be known for excellence in palliative, psychological and social care. Let us do the work we ought to do.
We encourage all to respond to the consultation. But whatever the outcome, we will not take part in assisted suicide or euthanasia. The current law is the only real safeguard.
Dr Helen Thomas and Dr Andreas Melchior
If you are a healthcare practitioner on the Island of Jersey, please add your name to the letter to the Health Minister by clicking on the button below and adding your detials in the form.