After complaining to our MPP Nathalie Desrosiers about the "duty to refer" clause as it relates to Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID), a group of us received a response.Nathalie does not respond to our "duty to refer" concern.
I responded to her with this letter:
Thanks very much for your email reply to us.
However I notice that you did not specifically address our very important concern regarding "duty to refer" as it relates to MAID.
Can you please do so?
This is a very important issue for all of us. It is also a very important for the doctors whose entire livelihood, and the livelihood of their families, depend on in that they do not want to be forced refer patients to be killed through MAID.
If they are forced to "refer" patients, many good doctors will leave the profession. This is not what the citizens of Ontario want or need.
As well, if we are assured of this provision being safeguarded, it also gives us the peace of mind that when we go to a hospital or doctor, that there WILL be doctors who are NOT participating in MAID, and we can feel safe and secure in that knowledge that, we will not be encouraged to prematurely end our lives by killing ourselves.
We look forward to hearing back from you at your earliest convenience.
cc Kathleen Wynne
Dr. Eric Hoskins Minister of Health and Long Term Care