—Ottawa, ON, February 6, 2015—
In light of today’s unanimous Supreme Court ruling striking down the law prohibiting doctor-assisted death, the Canadian Psychiatric Association will seek to work with legislators as they draft new law governing medical aid in dying to ensure patient needs are respected and the concerns of psychiatrists are reflected,” CPA President Dr. Padraic Carr said today.
The CPA will analyze the implications of today’s ruling that the current Criminal Code prohibition of medical aid in dying is unconstitutional. The Court’s ruling is suspended for 12 months.
“We will work with the government to provide expert advice and also address the educational, training, ethical and legal implications of the ruling on psychiatric practice,” added Dr. Carr.
The Canadian Psychiatric Association is the national voice for Canada’s 4,700 psychiatrists and more than 900 psychiatric residents. Founded in 1951, the CPA is dedicated to promoting an environment that fosters excellence in the provision of clinical care, education and research.