Only 16% of Canadian doctors would assist in euthanasia

Here are two authoritative polls. An article published earlier this year by Postmedia News reported on a survey by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) that found very few Canadian doctors are willing to kill a patient by euthanasia, if requested. The survey was done in response to the Carter case in BC that seeks to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada, and Quebec Bill 52 that would legalize euthanasia in Quebec. The CMA defines euthanasia as:knowingly and intentionally performing an act that is explicitly intended to end another persons life in cases of incurable illness and the act is undertaken with empathy and compassion. Canadas criminal code prohibits euthanasia and assisted suicide, making it an offence to counsel or assist someone to commit suicide, or agree to be put to death. The CMA opposes euthanasia and medically assisted suicide in a 2007 policy. The July 2011 CMA online survey that was completed by 2,125 Canadian doctors is considered accurate within plus or minus 2.1% 19 times out of 20. The CMA survey found that: 44% would refuse a request to assist a death, 26% were unsure how they would respond to a request, 16% would assist a death, 15% refused to answer the question while 16% stated that they were asked to assist a death within the past 5 years. Click “like” if you are PRO-LIFE ! A similar survey by the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP) published in November 2010 found that of the CSPCP members who responded to the survey, the overwhelming majority 88% were opposed to the legalization of euthanasia while 80% were opposed to the legalization of assisted suicide. The CSPCP survey also found that 90% of responding members would not be willing to participate in the act of euthanasia while 83% of responding members would not be willing to assist a suicide. The Postmedia article reported that Dr.

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Canadian doctor is new president of MSF International

Canadian doctor is new president of MSF International

I read a book about a doctor in Afghanistan … in the middle of nowhere, trying to do his best. I remember telling myself, This is what I would like to do one day. CMAJ: How did that impact your first experience in the field? Liu: I always laugh when I think about my first mission, because I’d been dreaming and hoping for such a long time 17 years since I read that book that I was doomed for disappointment. It was primary health care but there were no real emergencies, except possibly difficult deliveries. … I was waiting for trauma and action. CMAJ: What are the emerging challenges for MSF? Liu: Health care structures and staff are being targeted. Basically, it’s to build a community of concern about the fact that international humanitarian law is not respected in the field. … There’s also the issue of access to vaccines at reasonable prices … and the big, big coming [challenge] of nontransmittable and chronic disease. CMAJ: How will your telemedicine experience influence MSFs approach to these issues? Liu: We need to scale up use of higher tech diagnostic tools, as well as telemedicine.

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