CMA OBJECTING TO KEY PART OF PARLIAMENT'S ASSISTED-DYING REPORT

Feb 26, 2016

By Bob Sheppard

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Some doctors are not happy with one of the recommendations made by the parliamentary committee report into assisted dying.

It recommends that doctors who object to assisted dying should have to refer a patient to another doctor who is willing to take part in the procedure.

The recommendation is part of an all-party committee’s report that’s designed to help the federal government draft legislation that would govern medically aided death

The CMA – the Canadian Medical Association – wanted a central body that would facilitate assisted dying. That way, objecting doctors would not have to get involved with a referral.

The CMA says the number of objecting physicians isn’t large, but says there are enough who feel that being part of assisted death runs counter to their religious, moral or ethical beliefs that they would have to make changes to their practice if the recommendadtion becomes law. Some say they would consider moving to the U-S, while some older doctors have said they would likely retire.

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