— Amendments to Canada's "medical assistance in dying" ("MAID") law on 17/3/21 stated that those whose only medical condition is a mental illness, and who otherwise meet all eligibility criteria, would not be eligible until 17/3/23. On 15/12/22 the government announced a temporary delay, to allow the healthcare system more time to prepare, and to allow the government more time to consider the February 2023 final report of the Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying. This article argues: "When provided to help avoid a painful death for those who are dying, we can distinguish MAID from suicide. Yet when expanded to those seeking death for mental illness, evidence shows MAID becomes indistinguishable from suicide. We cannot differentiate those seeking psychiatric euthanasia from suicidal individuals who resume fulfilling lives after being provided suicide prevention, rather than facilitated death. ... To proceed with the planned changes would have been morally, medically and politically irresponsible. Moving forward, it will be important to ensure our future policies are evidence-based. Fortunately, the situation is not yet irremediable."
Full details available at: https://www.mentalhealthlaw.co.uk/Karandeep_Sonu_Gaind,_%27Canada_delays_expanding_medical_assistance_in_dying_to_include_mental_illness,_but_it%27s_still_a_policy_built_on_quicksand%27_(The_Conversation,_15/12/22)?id=161222-2202