Hospice palliative care is not compatible with MAiD

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The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association and the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians have issued a joint statement that hospice palliative care is not compatible with MAiD (medical assistance in dying).

They have stated: “MAiD is not an extension of palliative care. National and international palliative care organizations are unified that MAiD is not part of the practice of palliative care. Hospice and MAiD differ in that hospice palliative care focuses on improving quality of life and symptom management for those living with life-threatening conditions.

Hospice palliative care sees dying as a normal part of life and helps people to live and die well and does not seek to hasten death or intentionally end life.”

It would appear the NDP government is trying to save money by threatening to mistreat the weakest of our citizens. In effect, it would mean that people who have paid taxes all their lives in order to exist in civilized communities could be shunted aside when they are at the most vulnerable stage of life.

Please speak to your MLA to ask that our Delta Hospice Society continue to be supported.

Patricia Stanyer

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