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Assisted dying: the RPCU concerned that patients are dissuaded

1221148The Provincial Association of Users Committees (RPCU) expressed concern that the end of life patients are under pressure to dissuade from using medical help to die.

To ensure that the processing of applications respects the rights of patients, the Quebec government must submit clearer guidance on the Act relating to end of life care, estimated RPCU.

According to data compiled by Radio-Canada and Le Devoir, a little more than 250 Quebecers have requested medical help to die since the entry into force of the Act concerning the end of life care, there is six months. However, only 166 of these applications were granted.

Given the right to conscientious objection of doctors in the act, the RPCU wonders if social workers and psychologists are not more able to properly inform people about the end of life medical help to die.

“We have to have personnel trained for this purpose one, argued in an interview CEO of RPCU, Pierre Blain. For me, social workers, psychologists, in some cases, may be better able to properly inform people (on medical assistance to die). So for me, if we were able to have a person in the institutions which is precisely dedicated mainly to this, and that those in later life who would require access to call that person, I think it would be a distinct advantage. ”

Regarding this suggestion, the Minister of Health and Social Services, Gaétan Barrette, simply stated that “the responsibility was for the institutions to set up teams to adequately provide medical help to die,” according to the email sent by his press secretary, Julie White.

Earlier Wednesday, in scrum, Mr. Barrette said to believe that a doctor “has the right not to have to justify themselves and say ‘no’.”

“What is important is that the organization providing the service, and when we speak, it’s like that everywhere, including McGill,” dropped the minister, referring to the revision of the policy McGill university health Centre (MUHC).

MUHC policy ensures that medical help to die is not practiced in the palliative care unit “unless exceptional circumstances” but in other units of the large anglophone Montreal hospital.

Another element of the MUHC policy decried by Mr. Barrette was the requirement for patients seeking medical help to die, to have been allowed in the establishment “in the 18 months preceding the application for the same condition medical motivating the request for medical help to die. ”

Mr. Barrette said on Wednesday they had the guarantee of the CEO of the MUHC these “obstructive measures were lifted full” right now, and that there were only the “penalty” at a forthcoming meeting board “in two weeks”.

The RPCU nevertheless urges the government to include “clearer guidance” and make adjustments to evaluate the processing of applications refused.

The organization representing patients of the health system emphasizes that the law “contains no provisions to assess the rights of users in cases where a request for medical assistance to die is denied or dismissed.”

“It is not necessarily to change the law. I think the guidelines should be clearer and we can have just one designated person inside could it, take care of these requests and then assign them to doctors. That would avoid jeopardizing the beliefs of each person. The Regroupement, the right one respects a doctor not wanting to administer, “said Mr. Blain.

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