MEDICAL REGULATORY BODY ISSUES ASSISTED DEATH WARNING FOR DOCTORS
May 10, 2016
By Bob Komsic
Most of all doctors in some Ontario communities might be disqualified from approving requests for a medically assisted death under Ottawa’s proposed law.
That warning comes from the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons as the Wynne government expresses support for the proposed legislation.
Provincial Health Minister Eric Hoskins and Attorney-General Madeleine Meilleur have written the Trudeau government expressing their support, saying the bill reflects ”a balanced approach”.
But the college feels some of the proposed safeguards are so strict they’d disqualify doctors who belong to the same family practice group from approving a request for an assisted death.
The college points out in rural and urban centres across the province, many or even all doctors are part of the same practice group, yet the proposed law stipulates the two doctors needed to approve each request must not be connected or have a business relationship.