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Federal government proposes new monitoring system for medical assistance in dying

Federal government proposes new monitoring system for medical assistance in dying
From CBC - December 15, 2017

The federal government has released proposed new rules for trackingpeople who request a doctor assisted deathand thosewho receive onein an effort to fosterpublic trust in thenew regime.

The proposed regulations, posted in the Canada Gazette today,would require doctors, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists to file reports when a patient asks for medical assistance in dying.

Doctors and nurses would also have toreport if a patient withdraws their request, if the patient is found to be ineligible, or a patient diesfrom something other than a medically assisted death.

The document sayscollecting analyzing and publiclyreporting the datais critical to "foster public trust and provide transparency and accountability."

"The proposed regime would provide Canadians with a clear picture of how the legislation is working across the country,"the document outlining the proposed rules reads.

The suggested regulations require pharmacists to reportevery time they dispense drugs necessary for theprocedure. That information must include basic information on the patient, the doctor the date and where the drugs wereused.

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