Medical assistance in dying
The QMA feels it is important to take part in the dialogue surrounding the expansion of medical assistance in dying. In fact, it will share its concerns and observations with the group of 44 experts set up by the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA). The CCA was tasked by the federal government with examining three particularly complex types of requests for medical assistance in dying that could be added to federal legislation adopted in 2016.
- Requests by mature minors
- Advance requests
- Requests where mental illness is the sole underlying medical condition
The QMA agrees with the first two requests once a diagnosis of incurable disease has been made. Furthermore, it would like the time to be taken to consider the necessary guidelines particularly when mental health problems are involved.
The reality in care environments had to match what would be written in legislation.
Don’t forget that the QMA was very active in the discussions preceding adoption of the provincial Act respecting end-of-life care in December 2015, with a survey of members and submission of a brief before a parliamentary commission.