Death by prescription.
Finally and long overdue the Canadian Medical Association has spoken. I
suspect it was urged to do so by a significant portion of its
membership. This is what it said: MDs can't be forced to assist
deaths. They went on to say that no physician in the country should be
forced to play a role in any aspect of assisted dying against their
moral or religious beliefs, including referring patients to another
doctor willing to help them die. Perhaps they realize that what has
kept medicine an honorable profession has mainly been the ethics, morals and philosophical principles, religious or otherwise of most
physicians. The dictates of the administridiots played no role in the
crafting of the Hippocratic oath.
The Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons (the licensing
and disciplinary body) seem to be taking a different position. It would
appear that they intend to make it mandatory to participate or at least
refer to someone who does. The College, unfortunately regards itself
as the ultimate arbiter of all ethical issues and indeed is in that they can withdraw the license to practice medicine. However, it has a responsibility to physicians as well as patients and
sometimes exceeds reasonable boundaries. Physicians are wary to
protest for fear of some sort of future consequences. The College rulings on
this current issue requires careful scrutiny, evaluation and discussion before
implementation. They also need to be reviewed in the light of the decisions of licensing bodies
in the other Canadian Provinces.