Posted on October 14, 2020 at 7:57 PM
The Royal Society of Canada has released a new report End-of-Life Decision Making: Policy and Statutory Progress 2011-2020.
The report covers both progress and remaining challenges pertaining to: advance directives, palliative care, terminal sedation, and MAID. It also addresses “unilateral withholding and withdrawing of treatment.”
It notes that in only three provinces (Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec) have “health care professional regulators” issued “policies to make it clear when, if ever, health care professionals have the legal authority to unilaterally withhold or withdraw potentially life-sustaining treatment.” Ontario leaves the least room for clinician discretion.