Comment: Hastening death not part of palliative-care role

Pippa Hawley, head of UBC’s division of palliative care wrote an op-ed responding to claims that palliative-care physicians oppose assisted dying. Hawley said the majority of Canada’s palliative-care physicians support eligible patients having access to assisted suicide, and are looking for clarity on how to implement it while ensuring universal access to high-quality palliative care.

“Those patients whose suffering can be relieved by good palliative care should not instead ask a physician to hasten their death while being unaware of potentially effective treatments or supports,” Hawley wrote.