Bill 52 – An Act respecting end-of-life care | Protecteur du Citoyen
September 24, 2013

Bill 52 – An Act respecting end-of-life care

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The Québec Ombudsperson, Raymonde Saint-Germain, supports the principles of the bill respecting end-of-life care. She considers that the bill provides for essential precautions to ensure the implementation of medical aid in dying according to strict guidelines, while always respecting the wishes of the end-of-life patient.

Her agreement is however subject to certain recommendations. The Ombudsperson also considers that the development of the service offering in palliative care is intrinsically linked to the opening created for medical aid in dying for individuals faced with exceptional suffering and whose death is imminent. That is why the Québec Ombudsman's support for medical aid in dying is conditional on access to quality end-of-life palliative care.