Wednesday, December 16, 2015

CPSO Physician-Assisted Dying Consultation Ontario

We need your help.
Earlier this month, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), which regulates the practice of medicine in the province, issued its Interim Guidance on Physician-Assisted Death. If adopted, it will dictate how doctors in Ontario handle requests for aid in dying.
The good news is, the policy is by far the best of any put forward by the provincial medical

regulators. We believe the rules the CPSO has developed successfully protect physicians’ rights to conscientious objection without sacrificing patients’ access to care. But it won’t be finalized without the public’s stamp of approval.

What you can do

The College is accepting feedback on its draft policy until January 11. You can share your thoughts via an online survey, on an online discussion forum or by sending a letter to the College.
As promised, we’ve created resources to help you formulate your feedback. Our CPSO Consultation Toolkit identifies gaps in the College’s policy and suggests possible opportunities for improvement. For those who have donated recently, thank you so much. Your donations have helped fund these toolkits, making it possible for us to raise our voice during this consultation.
We expect we’ll need to develop many more of them in the weeks to come. So if you haven’t had the opportunity yet, and you’re able to contribute, we will put your dollars to good use. Making a donation of $25 or more helps us respond quickly so that our supporters can make the most of their submissions.
After you’ve submitted your feedback, please let us know by sending an email to It’s always a delight to hear about how our supporters are raising their voice for compassionate choice — in Ontario and across the country.

All the best,
Wanda Morris
CEO, Dying With Dignity Canada

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