Quebec Minister of Health Gaétan Barrette said Friday that the process would be long and “cautious”, began a reflection on the possibility of expanding access to medical aid to die.
At a press briefing, Barrette confessed to being arrested by the cases of Jean Brault, who had to go on hunger strike for 53 days to meet all the criteria giving access to medical aid to die, and Jocelyne Lizotte, with cancer and Alzheimer’s disease whose spouse is accused of killing her in compassion in February after she was denied medical aid to die.
“The number of requests for access to medical aid to die has been greater than anticipated and there is a clear evident today a new speech, new demands of the population,” explained the minister, evoking The issue of anticipated medical demand and the widening of access to medical aid to die
In a three-point process that is expected to last at least one year, the Minister will first mandate the End-of-Life Care Board to analyze the reasons for refusing to administer the medical aid to die.
A panel of experts will also be set up to examine the sensitive issue of the application of dying assistance for clinically and legally incapacitated persons, including in relation to anticipated medical claims.
“I do not think people want to have medical help to die on an early request at the first sign of inability. At the other extreme, I think that maybe, yes, they want to when you get to the extreme have access to that. But between the two, there is an infinity of possibilities, “summed up the minister.
Reasonably foreseeable death
Mr. Barrette will also ask Minister of Justice Stéphanie Vallée to clarify the gray areas of the Criminal Code that cause uncertainty within professional orders, particularly with respect to the definition of the concept of reasonably foreseeable death.
“The various orders have asked us to take action to clarify the legal environment,” the minister said, confirming at the same time that the concept of reasonably foreseeable death was precisely what prevented access for people with multiple sclerosis To the medical aid to die.
“The brake of this, he is not on the side of our law, he is on the side of the famous phrase: death reasonably foreseeable. The patient who suffers from multiple sclerosis … We saw a person suffering from a degenerative disease go recently to a show of varieties expose his situation. But he, his brake, his brake, is the sentence that says: Reasonably foreseeable death. ”
The minister insisted on the importance of ensuring that the rules are “in sync with what the public wants”, but also to protect the public. “I am convinced that Quebec society is at the point where we are asked to begin this reflection in the most prudent way possible.”
The process could be followed by a parliamentary committee or a consultation tour, but the minister does not see it as an obligation. However, he believes that MEPs should be able to vote freely, without party lines, on this issue. “On a subject like that, personally, there I will speak on my own behalf, I bind no one else, it is a matter of free vote.”