Worried about access to assisted dying, group seeks more secular care in Comox Valley

A group of residents is calling for secular long-term and hospice care in the Comox Valley, since medical assistance in dying has been denied at faith-based facilities.

The Equal Access Committee has collected about 1,000 signatures on a petition directed at Island Health and the provincial Ministry of Health.

It told the Times Colonist in April that its longer-term plan involves merging with Providence Health Care, a Catholic health-care organization that runs 17 facilities, and Glacier View Lodge, a secular care home with 102 beds.

Amy Smart reports

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