Tag Archives: MAiD

CSPCP Input RE Bill C-7

(November 2020). The Parliament of Canada is currently reviewing Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying). Parts of the proposed Bill have significant implications for palliative care and despite the very tight timelines involved, the CSPCP has been actively working to provide input accordingly.

The first step in the parliamentary process was review by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. The CSPCP submitted a written brief (English; French). We were subsequently invited to give a 5-minute presentation to the Committee and to participate in a question period. CSPCP President Dr. Anne Boyle and CSPCP Member Dr. Harvey Chochinov represented the CSPCP. They focused on the evidence in the literature that addressed the Government’s proposed changes to the law. (View proceedings here. CSPCP presented at 12:25:45)

The second step was review by the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. The CSPCP submitted a written brief (same as the one above). CSPCP Past-President Dr. Leonie Herx gave a 5-minute presentation and participated in the question period that followed. Dr. Herx summarized the CSPCP’s concerns and recommendations for safeguards to minimize harm. View her presentation here. (Full proceedings here: SenVu (parl.gc.ca)).

First Annual Report on MAID in Canada (2019) – from Health Canada

The first federal Annual Report on Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada (2019) was released on July 24, 2020.

ENG: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/medical-assistance-dying-annual-report-2019.html
FRE: https://www.canada.ca/fr/sante-canada/services/aide-medicale-mourir-rapport-annuel-2019.html

If you have questions about the report, please contact the End-of-Life Care Unit in Health Canada: hc.eolc-sfv.sc@canada.ca

CSPCP in the news January 2020

On behalf of the CSPCP, President Leonie Herx advocates for maintaining hospice palliative care resources in the ongoing dispute between Delta Hospice Society and Fraser Health in BC.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/standoff-between-b-c-and-hospice-refusing-to-offer-assisted-dying-1.4773755

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/perform-euthanasia-or-lose-government-funding-canadian-hospice-told-18627

Joint statement from CHPCA and CSPCP regarding Palliative Care and MAiD

(Nov 27, 2019) The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) and the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP) released a joint statement and call to action regarding the ongoing confusion amongst the general public about Palliative Care and Medical Assistance in Dying.

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This statement has been endorsed by international palliative care organizations, including the International Association of Hospice Palliative Care (IAHPC) and the World Hospice Palliative Care Association (WHPCA). It has also been endorsed by the founder of palliative care in Canada, Dr. Balfour Mount, and internationally well-respected palliative care physicians such as Dr. Eduardo Bruera. You can read Dr. Mount’s message here.

If you and/or your organization would like to endorse this statement, you may do so here: Endorsement submission form

December 2019 E-Brief

This issue includes: A message from the CSPCP Board, an ALPM 2020 update, a volunteer opportunity, a funding opportunity, a research survey invitation, and more!

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