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Thank you for all the effort you took to respond to CSPO’s public consultation Professional Obligations and Human Rights which had to be submitted by February 20!
We now have two further urgent messages.
It appears that CPSO is likely going ahead with the policy, but with slight alterations. It still intends to say that physicians who refuse to treat in certain cases must refer to another physician, but this time it has added “… or to an agency.”
The ethical question is: Is referring to an agency the same as referring to another physician?
There is no difference.
Would you please respond once more to the College, stating your objections to any referrals being made mandatory?
For more information, please read the following from the Christian Medical and Dental Association to CPSO:
Urgent Email to All Ontario Members
Re Conscience Protection
Mar 6, 2015 CPSO Meeting to Discuss Professional Obligations and Human Rights
We have received information that suggests that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of ON (CPSO) Council will be making a decision on Friday, March 6 on its draft policy “Professional Obligations and Human Rights”. We urge you to contact the CPSO Council member in your area to encourage them to delay acceptance of this policy.
Complete background information can be found at: www.cmdscanada.org/ConscienceProtection.aspx
Key talking points:
Also, be sure to read the letter (attached) from the American Medical Association to CPSO. It is very clearly in favour of keeping conscience protection, and urges CPSO to do the same.
The College will meet on Friday March 6, so your immediate action is requested!
Please take the time to forward any comments that you sent to CPSO to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan. CPSS is also in process of collecting responses from the public for its proposed policy which is similar to that of the CPSO.
See the CPSS website, http://www.cps.sk.ca/, and email your comments as directed or fill out their consultation document which is on the website. Their meeting is also on March 6.
Thank you to the many people who have responded, and please follow up once more: it is time consuming, but there are important values at stake!
Moira McQueen, LLB, MDiv, PhD
Executive Director, Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute
Lecturer, Faculty of Theology
University of St. Michael’s College,
University of Toronto.
81 St. Mary Street
Toronto ON M5S 1J4
(CCBI Office at 95 St. Joseph Street)
Phone: 416 353 9229