Released June 6, 2016, updated June 17, 2016
On January 15, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada suspended the operation of its declaration in Carter v. Canada permitting physician-assisted death until June 6, 2016 to allow the government to respond to its decision.
The federal government has since drafted Bill C-14 An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying), which will become the law governing medical assistance in dying [“MAID”] (also referred to as physician-assisted death) in Canada. Bill C-14 has been passed by the House of Commons and Senate and will become law when it receives Royal Assent. Please check back for further updates on the status of Bill C-14.
What does this mean for nurses in Canada? Nurses have always been central care providers in end-of-life care. There are two scenarios to consider, for nurse practitioners [“NPs”] and registered nurses [“RNs”]:
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