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Psychiatrists divided over Canada's new medical assistance in dying law
This past week, a new law governing Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) received royal assent. Among other things, it explicitly grants Canadians with serious mental illness the right to request an assisted death to end their suffering. That right will kick in two years from now, once an expert panel has developed protocols and safeguards to determine who should be eligible. But it’s an issue that has divided mental health professionals in Canada, so finding consensus could be challenging. Piya Chattopadhyay discusses the delicate process ahead with psychiatrist Dr. Mona Gupta, who chairs the MAiD advisory committee for the AMPQ, Quebec's association of psychiatrists.