Isle of Man doctors reject assisted dying proposals in a survey

A survey carried out by the Isle of Man Medical Society has “overwhelmingly rejected” proposed assisted dying laws.

Some 74% of respondents said they were against the Assisted Dying Bill 2023. The poll also found that 34% would even go as far as considering leaving the island should the Bill pass into law.

There was a total turnout of 61%. The responses were made up of an even-split of hospital and community doctors, with an additional 12% of responses from either retired or semi-retired doctors.

Furthermore, over half of the respondents felt any changes to the law could have a negative effect on recruitment and retention. Given the already poor staffing levels in island health services, this is of serious concern.