Take us out of assisted dying referral process: Doctors

Toronto Sun

Kevin Connor

TORONTO – Many Ontario doctors and nurses working in palliative care say their objection to playing a role in assisted suicides may force them to leave the medical profession.

That was the message about two dozen physicians, nurses and pharmacists brought to Queen’s Park on Thursday morning prior to the introduction of Tory MPP Jeff Yurek’s private member’s bill (Bill 129), which is designed to amend the Medical Assistance Dying Statute Law.

The current assisted dying law permits health-care providers to refuse participation in helping patients die on the basis of their conscience or religious beliefs.

What the health-care providers at Queen’s Park object to is the requirement that forces them to make referrals for critically-ill patients seeking an assisted death. . . [Full text]


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