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Delay of eligibility for medical assistance in dying for persons suffering solely from mental illness proposed by Ministers of Justice and Health

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Ottawa, Ontario, February 2, 2023 /CNW/ – Medical assistance in dying (MAID) is a complex and personal matter.the government of Canada We are committed to ensuring that our laws reflect the needs of Canadians, protect vulnerable people, and support autonomy and freedom of choice.

under Canada’s Under current MAID law, only persons suffering from mental illness who meet all eligibility criteria and meet all applicable safeguards are eligible for MAID. March 17, 2023But today, Honorable Minister David Rametti justice Attorney General CanadaHonorable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, and Honorable Carolyn Bennettthe Minister for Mental Health and Addiction, and the Deputy Minister for Health have introduced legislation to extend the temporary exclusion from eligibility for MAID if the person’s only medical condition is mental illness. Until then March 17, 2024.

This proposed one-year extension will provide additional time to prepare for safe and consistent evaluation and delivery of MAID when the individual’s only underlying medical condition is mental illness, and will provide additional time to prepare for MAID’s final report. Give time to consider the ad hoc joint committee. February 2023.

Meanwhile, the government Canada We will continue to work closely with states, territories and the medical community to finalize and disseminate key resources. The main purpose of this proposed extension is to ensure that MAID raters and providers are prepared to assess her MAID claims in people with mental illness alone in a safe and consistent manner. Set aside more time to check. Canada By the end of the proposed extension.


“There is no doubt that dying medical assistance is a highly complex and personal matter. March 17, 2024Temporarily excluding people whose only medical condition is mental illness to ensure our health system protects potentially vulnerable people and supports autonomy and freedom of choice provide enough time to ”

Honorable David Rametti, PC, KC, MP
Minister justice Attorney General Canada

“MAID is a highly personal and complex issue, so the temporary extension will allow more time for regulators, clinicians, and others to better understand and implement guidelines and practices. This extension plays an important role in protecting the most vulnerable and supporting their autonomy. I will make sure that they are ready and comfortable to support MAID for those with the disease.”

Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos
Minister of Health

“The safety and security of Canadians, including the most vulnerable, continues to be at the heart of our actions, alongside supporting individual autonomy. Rest assured that we are taking a cautious and considered approach regarding the implementation of MAID in the disease.”

Dear Carolyn Bennett
Minister of Mental Health and Addiction and Deputy Minister of Health

simple facts

  • upon March 17, 2021, Revised Act on MAID (formerly Bill C-7) It became law with royal consent. Previous Bill C-7 extended her MAID eligibility to individuals whose death was not reasonably foreseeable, enhancing protections for those applicants. With these changes, an individual whose only medical condition is mental illness and who meets all other eligibility criteria will not be eligible for her MAID until then. March 17, 2023This temporary exclusion was intended to provide government Canada It is time to consider the conclusions and recommendations of the Expert Panel on MAID and Mental Illness and the findings of the Special Joint Committee of Congress on MAID.

  • upon December 15, 2022Minister justice Attorney General CanadaMinister of Health, Minister of Mental Health and Addiction and Deputy Minister of Health announced the government of Canada’s Intention to introduce legislation in early 2023 to extend the temporary exclusion of eligibility for those suffering from mental illness only beyond that time March 17, 2023The introduction of Bill C-39 addresses this commitment.

  • upon May 13, 2022,government Canada submitted the Final Report of the Panel of Experts on MAID and Mental Illness in parliament. This report describes her MAID regime addressing the problems that may arise from the MAID’s request, especially if the person requesting her MAID’s natural death is not reasonably foreseeable. It presents 19 recommendations to establish. This includes issues of irreversibility, irreversibility, capacity, suicidal tendencies, and the impact of structural vulnerability (structural vulnerability refers to a person’s gender, gender, socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, sexuality, or institutional place and society).

  • upon June 22, 2022the Congressional Special Joint Committee on End-of-life Medical Assistance, Interim report About maids and mental illness issues. The Special Joint Committee draws from a variety of expert witnesses, including legal experts, palliative care providers, MAID practitioners, physicians, nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, and the chair of her Independent Expert Panel on MAID and Mental Illness. I heard the story.

  • The Special Joint Committee of Congress on the Final Report of MAID, February 17, 2023, and may provide additional insight into MAID requests in complex situations. This includes people whose only medical condition is mental illness. The proposed extension will allow time to consider this final report.

  • of March 2023the MAID Code of Practice is ready for adoption by healthcare professional regulators and clinicians. Canada We have appointed a task group of experts to work with state and territory governments, regulatory agencies, and clinicians to develop these MAID standards of practice. Canada.

  • the government of Canada We also support the development of an accredited Canadian MAID curriculum to support clinician education and training. The curriculum consists of seven modules, including a module on MAID and mental disorders. Starting the module is Autumn 2023aiming to have all modules available by the end of 2023.

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