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RN role in MAiD recognized by Ministry of Justice

Posted June 9, 2016

On June 8, the Criminal Justice Branch of the Ministry of Justice issued a public statement that it has provided guidelines to prosecutors regarding the involvement of nurses in medical assistance in dying (MAiD).

The guidelines state that when the Carter decision conditions are met, "there is no substantial likelihood of a conviction for charges under section 241(b) for physicians or other health care professionals involved in carrying out a physician-assisted death, including nurses and pharmacists, nor would the public interest test be met".

This significantly reduces the risk of prosecution for registered nurses aiding with MAiD, when provided under the requirements of the Carter decision. Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton issued a public statement that she fully supports these guidelines.

CRNBC anticipates posting standards, limits and conditions for the registered nurse role in aiding in MAiD on June 10, 2016. We will email registrants to inform them once posted.

Please email practice@crnbc.ca if you have questions or concerns.

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