In this article Dr. Brian Goldman, the moderator of CBC's "White Coat, Black Art", discusses the need for an increase in palliative care in Canada in conjunction with the introduction of medical aid in dying. They are not mutually exclusive.
News and Opinions
- September 22, 2014
- September 13, 2014Dying with Dignity Canada's CEO Wanda Morris has been traveling in Nova Scotia this week giving presentations on patient rights and choice in dying. Herold News, one of Nova Scotia's premiere news sites covers Wanda's presentations and the case for medically assisted dying.
- September 11, 2014
The conclusion of a new study from the USA, released 11th September, found that: “dying patients continue to be hospitalized and subjected to ineffective therapies that erode their quality of life and their personal dignity” while doctors “have a striking personal preference to forego high-intensity care for themselves at the end-of-life and prefer to die gently and naturally.”
- September 10, 2014
How sick and disabled, how far into advanced dementia, how close to death do elderly nursing home patients have to be before their physicians stop prescribing drugs that can cause uncomfortable side effects but show scant evidence of helping them? These are the opening words of an article in the NYT on the treatment of dementia patients in the USA but I am sure that the same concerns can be levelled at nursing homes in Canada.
- September 5, 2014
I wouldn't want to spend 14 years in jail if I decided to help a friend or family member shorten their suffering by helping them to die. That's why many of those who do decide to hasten their own death do so after a great deal of secret planning and preparation.
- September 3, 2014
Lawyers for the Attorney General of Canada say that assisted dying must remain illegal to protect the most vulnerable in society.
- September 2, 2014
Dr. Chris Simpson, newly installed president of the Canadian Medical Association gave support for Medically Assisted Dying "after all reasonable alternatives have been exhausted."
The CMA fundamentally softened its long-held stance against euthanasia and assisted death at it's annual policy convention last week.
- September 2, 2014It is with heavy hearts that Dying with Dignity Canada mourns the loss of our friend, advocate, spokesperson and former Physicians Advisory Council Member Dr. David Charles Lambert (1938-2014).
- September 2, 2014
Dying with Dignity is in full support of palliative care, but we also believe in using evidence-based approaches to medicine and care.
Dr. Rodney Syme, an Australian physician and strong proponent of medically assisted dying takes a critical look at the practice of palliative care.
- August 29, 2014
A pilot study in the Journal of Medical Ethics found that the number of so-called "suicide tourists" coming to Switzerland for assisted suicide services doubled between 2008 and 2012 according to this article in Swissinfo on 21 August.
- August 27, 2014
Does Canadian law allow for assisted suicide, outside Quebec? No.
Is that law always followed to the letter? No
In this article, David Butt, explains that there are multiple ways to soften the harsh impact of inflexible laws. It's not just the law, it's the way that it is applied.
- August 26, 2014
In a few weeks, I will have to face the fact that I’ve been a widow for a whole year. (Maureen is the widow of Dr. Don Low.) I am still grieving for my husband - I think I’ll do that for the rest of my life.
But I can say with certainty that Don would be encouraged and surprised at the discussion and movement that’s taken place on the issue of assisted dying in the last year.
- August 25, 2014"As an emergency room physician I frequently have the unenviable experience of seeing terminally ill patients when they are at their worst - when pain medications are not effective anymore, when patients can't cope at home or care for themselves independently anymore.
- August 25, 2014
My name is Francoise Hebert. I’m on the Board of Directors of Dying with Dignity Canada - a national registered charity concerned with the entire spectrum of end of life care. All of our services are fully compliant with Canadian laws.
- August 24, 2014
Dr. Chris Simpson, the new head of the Canadian Medical Association, is right to push for a senior care strategy. In this article he says " What is needed is a national senior care strategy, one that will guide investment across Canada in key areas such as home care, long-term care, support for family members helping aging relatives, affordable housing and poverty reduction." We couldn't agree more.
- August 23, 2014In this article in the Vancouver Sun Dr. James Downar, co-chair of DWD's Physicians Advisory Council, acknowledges that many people facing an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis would, like Gillian Bennett, have a great deal of fear about their care and quality of life.
- August 19, 2014
Doctors today voted overwhelmingly for an advisory resolution giving them the right to choose to participate in assisted dying. This vote took place among delegates at CMAs annual meeting. This is in stark contrast to the position taken by the leadership of the CMA earlier this year.
- August 14, 2014
In "Thoughts occasioned by the dying of my Mother in Law" Dr Davidson looks at how patients may receive treatment they don't really want and outcomes they dread.
"We have a moral obligation to educate patients about these consequences (of treatment)."
- August 12, 2014
In this compelling article in the National Post, emergency room doctor Brett Belchetz makes a strong case for assisted dying.
Dr. Belchetz notes (and we agree!) "the two most common arguments against decriminalization — that it somehow violates physicians’ Hippocratic oath, and that it opens the door to a “slippery slope” of abuse and growing suicide rates — hold little water".
- August 10, 2014
Great overview of where the right to die issue currently stands in Canada, with comments from some of the leading voices in the discussion including DWD CEO, Wanda Morris and Advisory Council Physician, James Downar.
Following the article is a poll and chance to comment. Please join the discussion. Your voice for choice is important.
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