OMA Statement: Amendments to Bill 84 fall short

Toronto, April 12, 2017 – Protecting conscientious objection for physicians is an essential aspect of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) that the provincial government has chosen not to include in Bill 84.

Protecting conscientious objection for physicians is an essential aspect of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) that the provincial government has chosen not to include in Bill 84.

Ontario’s doctors raised the need to balance patient access to MAiD, and physician rights to conscientious objection. The government partially met this need by agreeing to “care coordination”, a type of self-referral mechanism to support patient access.

Lacking in these amendments is language that would protect health-care workers from participating in a process that goes against their own beliefs. Several physician groups and other health-care stakeholders joined the Ontario Medical Association in expressing the importance of conscientious objection to government, and so for them to omit this in the legislation is disappointing.

 

Dr. Rachel Forman
Ontario Medical Association Spokesperson

 

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