Dec 01, 2022
By Jane Brown
There is a push by a growing number of psychiatrists in Canada to delay the expansion of assisted death to people with mental illness.
A report in the Globe and Mail says the list now includes the association representing the lead psychiatrists at Canada’s 17 medical schools.
A statement to be released today by the Association of Chairs of Psychiatry in Canada says more time is needed to develop high quality standards of care, doctor training and expert consensus before allowing Canadians to apply for a medical assisted death with mental illness as their sole condition.
In mid-March 2023, Canada is set to become one of only a few countries that allows euthanasia for mental disorders.
A grassroots petition calling for a delay until 2024 has been signed by more than 80 psychiatrists and will soon be sent to members of the federal cabinet, including the Health and Justice Ministers.
To date, the Trudeau Liberals have given no indcation a delay is being considered.