MD group sets out rec­om­men­da­tions on as­sisted dy­ing laws

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

TORONTO — The Cana­dian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion has re­leased a set of rec­om­men­da­tions aimed at help­ing Ottawa and the provinces draft leg­is­la­tion gov­ern­ing physi­cian-as­sisted dy­ing. Key is­sues ad­dressed in the doc­u­ment in­clude as­sess­ing pa­tient el­i­gi­bil­ity, physicians’ re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, and how to bal­ance doc­tors’ free­dom of con­science with timely ac­cess to the ser­vice. The Supreme Court of Canada has given leg­is­la­tors un­til early June to draft new reg­u­la­tions. CMA pres­i­dent Dr. Cindy Forbes says the clock is tick­ing and she hopes the rec­om­men­da­tions from the 80,000-mem­ber doc­tors group will help usher in a na­tion­ally co­he­sive set of reg­u­la­tions. The group Dy­ing With Dig­nity takes is­sue with the rec­om­men­da­tion that no doc­tor should be forced to help pa­tients end their lives or re­fer them to will­ing col­leagues. CEO Wanda Mor­ris says des­per­ately ill pa­tients should not have to strike out on their own to find a doc­tor will­ing to end their suf­fer­ing.


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