Aug 19, 2014

By Jane Brown

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Canada’s doctors say they’re grappling with the challenges of meeting the needs of patients at end of life.  The quality of end of life care was the focus of a conversation this morning as the annual meeting of the Canadian Medical Association continues in Ottawa. Susan Eng of CARP was in the meeting and tells AM 740/Classical 96.3FM News, there was unanimous support for better access to palliative care.  “There was also a focus on whether or not doctors could follow their own conscience under the current state of the law as to whether they participate in medical assisted dying,” Eng explains, “and finally, we learned that the Canadian Medical Association will be an intervener in the upcoming Supreme Court of Canada case dealing with whether or not there are charter rights involved in the right to assisted dying.”  Listen here for Susan Eng’s comments in their entirety:

In June, the CMA said Canada needs to create a national palliative-care strategy to give all Canadians facing the end of life “the best death possible.”  The authors also strongly encourage people to talk to loved ones about their wishes regarding death, including a written advance care directive.

The CMA is participating in CARP’s upcoming forum on medical assistance in dying on September 26th here at the ZoomerPlex in Toronto’s Liberty Village.

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