Mr Seymour’s euthanasia bill explanatory note says “In countries where assisted dying is permitted, medical practitioners and organisations have adapted well”. However, Doctors in Canada just lost their appeal in a ruling stripping them of their right to conscientious objection. Chief Justice Strathy quoted testimony that doctors who question patient choice cause ‘delay, trauma, shame and self doubt’.
Doctors are ‘not’ adapting well in Canada – in fact, there could soon be a shortage of people willing to be doctors, as the main role of doctors as patients’ advisors is being heavily challenged.
Read the ruling here.