State of palliative care must factor into talks on assisted suicide, doctor says
Ontario doctors now have advice on how to respond to people seeking assisted suicide before it becomes legal nationwide on June 6.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario approved its interim guidelines on Monday.
An anesthesiologist and the president of The Sudbury and District Medical Society said many Sudbury doctors feel assisted suicide is a necessary option.
But Dr. Sanjiv Mathur adds that many are uncomfortable with the current guidelines.
"We're not yet confident that we've gotten far enough in terms of rules and regulations," he told CBC News.
"I think the majority of physicians really feel that we have to work to make sure patients have appropriate palliative care to determine who's eligible."
The Supreme Court found last year that Canadians with incurable sickness and suffering could be eligible to end their lives with the help of a doctor.
"There are a number of us that do see that this needs to be an option," he continued.
"As a species, we have to have compassion and courage to recognize that there is a time when there is no need to suffer."