Ontario names expert panel on doctor-assisted suicide AKA Health Care Savings Committee

TORONTO – Ontario has moved closer to the possibility of physician-assisted suicide with the creation of an expert panel to lay out the rules.

Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins announced the panel will be chaired by Dr. Jennifer Gibson, of the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, and by Maureen Taylor, a medical journalist and widow of Dr. Donald Low who made a passionate plea for physician-assisted suicide just before his death in 2013 from a brain tumour.

The Supreme Court struck down a ban on the practice last February, and gave the provincial and federal governments one year to come up with their response.