Letter: Time for hospice to revise its mandate to include MAiD

Editor: What happened to the patients’ rights in all of the ongoing discussions about MAiD?

I am so tired of listening to the ramblings from our volunteers, politicians and religious groups when it comes to the introduction of MAiD in hospices.

They all present their own points of view — “Not in my backyard!”

I have not seen the part where they say I am here for the patient and their “quality of life.”

If they think they are helping those people that are suffering unnecessarily, that choose to request assistance in shortening their life span to achieve both “quality of life and dignity in death,” they are terribly wrong.

If the hospice’s mandate does not include MAiD, then it is time for the boards to sit down and revise their mandate.

I do not see how anyone — workers or volunteers — can watch a person near the end of life, who is suffering and is constant pain and chooses to end their life earlier, and suggest they are helping by making these people suffer needlessly. You have no right to impose your own personal views.

Personally, I can think of no better place than hospice to accommodate MAiD, now and into the future.

T. McLeod,


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