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Globe and Mail (July 6): Ontario clinicians raise concerns over assisted-dying co-ordination service

Ontario clinicians raise concerns over assisted-dying co-ordination service

A new provincial program was supposed to improve access for Ontario’s grievously ill medical patients, while also easing the moral burden on physicians who object to referring patients for assisted death. But since the program was set up, the number of Ontario clinicians registered to participate in medical aid in dying has fallen dramatically.

Front-line providers say the shortcomings of the program are turning off some doctors, which could make it harder for eligible patients to find someone to help them end their lives. “It’s a matchmaking service that offers no support for physicians and nurse practitioners doing this work,” said Chantal Perrot, a Toronto family doctor.

With only 74 doctors having signed up so far since May, the potential problems with the program are just the latest example of the practical hiccups that have marred the implementation of Canada’s assisted-dying law in parts of the country. 

Author: Meghan Marrelli

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