Fraser Well being has met with the Delta Hospice Society to “focus on considerations we’ve got relating to compliance of their contract,” in keeping with a well being authority spokesperson.
The assembly was known as after the society reversed a latest choice to lastly permit medical help in dying (MAID) at its Irene Thomas Hospice in Ladner.
The 2 events have been in battle over MAID since September, 2016, when Fraser Well being dictated all its non faith-based hospices wanted to allow medical help in dying at its services.
The society refused, as an alternative demanding any affected person who wished to obtain help in dying be taken to a different facility. In September, 2018, Fraser Well being toughened its stance by mandating hospices couldn’t switch a affected person to a different facility for MAID.
In September, 2019, the board terminated long-time government director and founder Nancy Macey — who spearheaded the anti-MAID coverage — and shortly after voted in favour of assisted dying.
Nevertheless, on the Nov. 28 annual normal assembly — and following a membership drive that swelled the society’s ranks — a brand new anti-MAID board was elected and the coverage was reversed. The brand new board additionally dismissed the appearing government director and appointed one other interim chief. The brand new Delta Hospice board argues medical help in dying goes towards the society’s structure.
No sufferers has ever acquired MAID at Irene Thomas Hospice.
In a ready assertion, the well being authority acknowledged “Fraser Well being’s Medical Help in Dying coverage, which got here into impact in September 2016, covers all Fraser Well being providers, owned and operated, contracted and affiliated settings. It units out the expectations Fraser Well being has of all workers in addressing a succesful affected person’s request for details about medical help in dying and making connections to fulfil that request.”
Fraser Well being funds 10 hospices, that features seven of its personal services and three beneath contract — together with Irene Thomas.
The well being authority offers $1.three million a yr to the society to assist function the 10-bed Irene Thomas Hospice, and owns the land on which the hospice constructing on Clarence Taylor Crescent sits. The society has a long-term lease in place with the well being authority. The society additionally owns the land and constructing in Tsawwassen the place it operates its charity retailer. In keeping with Canada Income Company paperwork, the society has $9.three million in land and buildings.
The well being authority mentioned that on Dec. 5 it “met with the management from the Irene Thomas Hospice to debate considerations we’ve got relating to compliance of their contract. Fraser Well being subsequently offered them with formal discover of the considerations.”
The Surrey-based Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians backs the Delta Hospice Society’s stance and in a latest launch acknowledged “Hospice palliative care and MAID considerably differ in a number of areas together with in philosophy, intention and method. Hospice palliative care doesn’t search to hasten dying or deliberately finish life.”
Board president Angelina Eire has not responded to a number of requests for remark from Postmedia Information.