Hospice Organizations Must NOT be forced to do Euthanasia
In February 2018 the board of the Delta BC Hospice Society was given an edict from Fraser Health to provide euthanasia (MAiD). At that time, the board refused to comply and continued its good work.
Recently, the newly elected board re-stated its opposition to euthanasia. They passed a resolution stating:
"MAiD is not compatible with the Delta Hospice Society purposes stated in the society's constitution, and therefore, will not be performed at the Irene Thomas Hospice."
The Delta Optimist newspaper reported on December 7 that Fraser Health informed the Delta Hospice Society that their position is at odds with the policy of Fraser Health.
A spokesperson for Fraser Health told the Delta Optimist that:
"…it fully supports a patient’s right to receive medical assistance in dying wherever they may be, including in a hospice setting."
If funding for their 10 bed hospice is stopped, people in the community requiring care at the end of life will lose the excellent care the hospice provides.
By forcing the Delta Hospice Society to provide euthanasia, Fraser Health is also redefining the meaning of hospice/palliative care.
In its recent Call to Action (Nov 27, 2019), the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association and the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians stated that MAiD (euthanasia) is not a part of hospice palliative care (taken from https://www.chpca.net/chpcacspcp):
"MAiD is not part of hospice palliative care; it is not an 'extension' of palliative care nor is it one of the tools 'in the palliative care basket'. National and international hospice palliative care organizations are unified in the position that MAiD is not part of the practice of hospice palliative care.
...Hospice palliative care sees dying as a normal part of life and helps people to live and die well. Hospice palliative care does not seek to hasten death or intentionally end life."
If the Delta Hospice Society is forced to provide euthanasia then all hospice palliative care organizations within Canada could also be forced to provide it.
This petition is directed to Dr. Victoria Lee, President of Fraser Health Authority and to the Hon. Adrian Dix, BC Minister of Health, to oppose forcing the Delta Hospice Society to provide euthanasia.
Hospice/palliative care is not MAiD. The Society must not be forced to provide MAiD. Fraser Health is overstepping its role as a health authority in forcing and bullying them to provide MAiD.
British Columbia (BC) Health Authority orders hospice to do euthanasia.
CHPCA and CSPCP - Joint Call to Action
Delta BC Hospice supports caring options, not euthanasia.
Delta Hospice ordered by Fraser Health to do euthanasia