Hamza Riaz

Hello and thank you for gathering feedback related to the MAID standard. I am speaking as a psychiatrist. Patients with severe personality disorders or treatment resistant depression should NOT be given information on MAID if the request for MAID is made in the context of an acute crisis, or intoxicated state. This should amend the first point of the standard. There should also be some recognition that MAID should only be offered to mental health patients when GOLD STANDARD treatment (medical, or psychotherapeutic) was tried and failed. I understand that the hope is that the legislation will capture these limitations, but it is up to our profession to stand up for patient access to the best treatment available.

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