Impasse between Fraser Health and hospice continues as dying patients are shuffled around (MAiD, PHC)

A year after Fraser Health told hospices and other care facilities to stop transferring clients for medically assisted deaths, the Delta Hospice Society continues to openly defy the edict.

Operators of many palliative care hospices — even those that are non-denominational — refuse to provide medical assistance in dying (MAiD) because they contend it conflicts with their principles that death shouldn’t be hastened.

Alex Muir, a Dying with Dignity volunteer in Vancouver, has sent a letter to the premier, health minister and other B.C. officials, describing procedures that are limiting access to MAiD. Patient transfers are a big problem, he says, because if a frail person nearing the end of life needs hospitalization and paramedics take them to St. Paul’s, a Catholic-based Providence Health facility, then they won’t get MAiD there since the hospital has been given a religious-based exemption by the province.

Pamela Fayerman reports.

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