World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 9 February 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Stanford Program Educates on End-of-Life Care for Indian Americans

US – India West

As of the year 2004, Indian Americans constituted 18 percent of Asian Americans residing alone in the U.S. with around 4.5 percent of them being 65 years or older, according to census data. The need to provide information and assistance to them so that they are better able to navigate the perils of aging is rising as well.

Terminally ill New Yorkers demand state rule on legality of assisted dying

US – The Guardian

Lawsuit filed by doctors and terminally ill patients seeks to rectify ‘antiquated’ state law and help those ‘searching quite desperately to end their suffering’.

Readers React: Parsing the difference between suicide and ‘death with dignity’

US – Los Angeles Times

Everyone dies, so perhaps it’s no surprise that we received a few dozen letters discussing Dr. Ira Byock’s Op-Ed article Sunday questioning a “death with dignity” bill in California. What was more novel was the polarized reaction to letter writer Sarah Edwards, a therapist who distinguished between suicide and the kind of end-of-life choice made by terminally ill patients such as 29-year-old Brittany Maynard, who died in November.

Canada assisted suicide decision

Canada to allow doctor-assisted suicide

BBC

Canada’s Supreme Court has ruled that doctors may help patients who have severe and incurable medical conditions to die, overturning a 1993 ban.

Supreme Court’s Assisted Suicide Ruling Lauded By Quebec

Canada – Huffpost Politics

Quebec’s health minister says the Supreme Court of Canada’s unanimous decision to strike down the ban on providing doctor-assisted death shows the province is on the right path with its own landmark legislation.

Barrie divided on assisted suicide ruling

Simcoe.com

Patients nearing “extremely distressing” deaths will be grateful for the option to die before pain cripples them, Barrie doctor Peter Kizoff says. The Supreme Court of Canada has lifted the ban on providing doctor-assisted death to mentally competent but suffering and “irremediable” patients.

Ottawa must now draft an assisted-suicide law. It should look to Quebec

The Globe and Mail

On Friday, the Supreme Court of Canada declared that the law banning assisted suicide violates constitutional rights. While the ball is now in Parliament’s court, many difficult questions face our elected representatives at the federal and provincial levels.

Supreme Court decision on assisted suicide means serious debate can begin, says Windsor palliative care doctor

The Windsor Star

The Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark decision on Friday didn’t end the assisted suicide debate — it started it in a real way, says a local physician who specializes in palliative and end-of-life care.

More dying Canadians need better end of life care

CJME

One retired Saskatchewan doctor says he thinks asking a doctor to kill a person should not be allowed under law, instead advocating for better access to palliative care and treating pain at the end of life.