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B.C. terminates contract with hospice society refusing assisted death (SPH)

The federal government legalized medical assistance in dying in 2016 (Photo credit: Abbotsford News)

Delta Hospice Society loses hospital service fund of $1.5 million.

Fraser Health has given a year’s notice that it will terminate its contract with Delta Hospice Society for refusing to provide medical assistance in dying.

The latest federal legislation and court rulings mean anyone is entitled to have their doctor attend at a facility such as the Irene Thomas Hospice, B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix said Tuesday. The hospice is located on Fraser Health property, rented to the society for $1 a year.

Faith-based hospice societies remain exempt from the requirement to deliver medical assistance in dying, including St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Dix said. But they have an obligation to refer people to a facility that offers it if they want.

Read the full story on Abbotsford News and Vernon Morning Star.

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