B.C. doctors now have a road map on how to handle patients seeking physician-assisted suicide.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC has released its “Interim Guidance” that covers the 4-month extension granted by the Supreme Court of Canada.
That extra time is supposed to give the federal government a chance to update assisted dying laws.
The guidance lets doctors know they have a right not to participate in the process, due to their values and beliefs.
But if they want to help patients who want to die, there are 13 steps to follow.
Those include having two separate physicians assess the patient, and making sure the patient is making the decision voluntarily.
The guidance comes into effect on February 6th.