Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Views sought for Isle of Man end of life care strategy

The Isle of Man Department of Health is seeking people's views on how dying people should be cared for.

It said it wanted to hear people's experiences of the current care offered and how it could be improved, so that an island strategy could be set up.

The survey will also ask where people want to die, who they want with them, and whether they have discussed it with their families.

The department said it hoped it would help reduce the taboo around the topic.

David Anderson, minister for health, said: "Death is of course a very difficult topic for many people, but it really is fundamentally important that we look to address the views and wishes on our approach to end of life care as a community."

People can collect questionnaires from various locations on the island including GP surgeries, Nobles Hospital, chemists, commissioners, libraries, Crookhall House, the sea terminal; online at the Isle of Man End of Life Project website; or from the end of life care project facilitator Kirstie Turner.

The strategy is due to be published at the end of next year.

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