A bill that will cause confusion and suffering
Quebec City, October 1, 2013 — By opening the door to euthanasia, Bill 52 on end-of-life care will create confusion and suffering for families of patients and palliative care professionals. That was the essence of the message delivered today to a parliamentary committee studying Bill 52 on end-of-life care by the president of the Réseau de soins palliatifs du Québec (RSPQ), Alberte Déry, and members of an ad hoc committee of experts, namely Danielle Blondeau, (Université Laval professor), Dr. Christiane Martel (palliative care physician) and Pierre Deschamps (lawyer and ethicist).
Bill 52 seeks unprecedented control over a particular type of health care, i.e., end-of-life care. But by conflating euthanasia and end-of-life care, and concepts like terminal palliative sedation and medical aid in dying, the legislative process is complicating palliative care for patients, their families and the professionals who work with them.