CSPCP Endorses Vulnerable Persons Standard

(March 1, 2016) Today, the CSPCP joins community and health organizations from across Canada to call on Parliament to adopt a series of evidence-based safeguards designed to protect the lives of vulnerable Canadians.

The Vulnerable Persons Standard posted below was developed by leading Canadian physicians, health professionals, lawyers, ethicists, public policy experts and national representative organizations for people with disabilities and the needs of vulnerable persons. The Standard, if adopted, will ensure that policies designed to help Canadians requesting assistance from physicians to end their lives do not jeopardize the lives of vulnerable persons who may be subject to coercion and abuse.

The CSPCP publicly endorses the need for robust safeguards regarding hastened death to ensure the protection of all persons vulnerable by condition, situation or disability. We continue to advocate that access to high quality palliative care must be made available for all Canadians living with life-limiting conditions and must be prioritized within any legislative response to physician-hastened death.

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For full details, visit the Vulnerable Persons Standard web site: http://www.vps-npv.ca/