[Remember, you heard this first from Tax TV and Righteous Cokesnort News.]
Your help is urgently needed for a matter which will greatly affect patients and families facing end of life decisions living in an area served by the Fraser Health Authority (FHA). (This is also of tremendous significance for all other health authorities across Canada.) FHA provides hospice and palliative care, among other health services, to a wide region stretching from Burnaby/Tri-Cities to Surrey to Hope.
On October 11th, 2016, the Fraser Health Board will be considering a decision to mandate that all palliative care units and hospice facilities in FHA be required to provide MAiD (assisted suicide/euthanasia) within their units or facilities. If approved, this decision will have a catastrophic impact on the trust that patients and families have towards palliative care – a field which seeks to improve quality of life for patients without the intention of hastening death.
If this issue concerns you please consider three actions (preferably all 3):
1) Sign the petition linked below as a concerned citizen. We hope to submit this petition to the board within the next few days (until September 29th) so your action is needed urgently!
2) Use the attached template letter to add your own personal story and send to the FHA Board of Directors and the Premier and the Health Minister with your grave concern.
3) Spread the word (forward this email) to like minded people
Attached is a more detailed letter from three palliative care physicians, explaining the context and circumstances of this issue.
The following is quick summary from a palliative care doctor:
The most recent development in the euthanasia saga here in BC concerns the regional health authority (Fraser Health) that covers the geographic area from the eastern border of Vancouver to the town of Hope, about 100 miles to the east.
There has been a very concerted move to try to force every hospice (that is not “faith-based”) and all palliative care units to provide or allow euthanasia on their premises or on the actual palliative care ward in the hospital.
This is tragic.
Our patients are already very fearful of having their deaths hastened and this will only make those worries not only deeper, but more credible. Peer-reviewed studies in jurisdictions where euthanasia is legal have shown that about 1 in 3 euthanasia deaths is carried out without explicit consent. (references available on request, but I won’t clutter this email).