Health Canada invited submissions regarding proposed regulations for monitoring of MAiD (viewable here: http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2017/2017-12-16/html/reg6-eng.html)
The CSPCP submitted two strong recommendations:
1. To record the nature of the grievous and irremediable suffering
2. To measure, monitor, and reporting on the availability of alternatives such as palliative care, social services, and respite.
View the CSPCP submission here
In October 2017, the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP) conducted a survey of its members regarding Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD). The purpose of the survey was to help the CSPCP Board to accurately represent members’ views and to guide future actions.
To view the results,click here
Since the legalization of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD), the CSPCP has continued its focus on access to high quality for palliative care for all Canadians. Information on this aspect of our work is located in the Advocacy and Partnerships section of our web site.
(Oct 2017) Many CSPSP members have been educating the public about palliative care, Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD), and the relationship between the two. In recent months, Dr. Sandy Buchman shared his views with Macleans magazine, and Dr. Craig Goldie’s wrote an article for The Conversation. These thoughtful articles demonstrate the range of views that physicians are taking as they adapt to a healthcare system where MAiD is legal.
Dr. Sandy Buchman: The doctor who took on death (Macleans; Aug 15, 2017)
Dr. Craig Goldie: Who will be the doctors of death in a time of assisted suicide? (The Conversation; Oct 2017)