Dionne Walsh

I've seen many patients who have suffered excessively due to not being provided a referral / appropriate information in a timely manner due to conscientious objection of their health care providers, so I'm pleased to see the additions to this standard. I've also seen patients who were told by healthcare providers that they will go to hell if they get MAID, that their physician will go to hell if they provide MAID, and that they should just pray instead of choosing MAID. All healthcare providers are entitled to their own beliefs, but there is no excuse to speak this way to patients (or colleagues). All healthcare providers should be able to choose whether or not they assess or provide MAID, but the autonomy and wellbeing of the patient needs to be the highest priority and clearly that has not been the case so far which is necessitating these changes to the standard.

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