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Statement from CEO Anne Sutherland Boal on the tabling of Bill C-14

Ottawa, April 14, 2016 — "Today marks an important moment for Canadians. Steps were made to promote a more compassionate health-care system that will empower patients with grievous and irremediable medical conditions to choose among a broader range of appropriate end-of-life options. The federal government took a moderate approach to this complex issue and provided specifics around the definition, consent and eligibility requirements to receive medical assistance in dying (MAID). We look forward to participating in the discussions on MAID as all levels of government continue to support patients and care providers.

“The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) was pleased to see the federal government respond to the need to ensure that registered nurses and nurse practitioners are protected from criminal prosecution when participating in MAID. The government listened to our concerns for a national oversight body and identified elements to support universal access. This legislation shows a clear understanding and recognition of the nursing profession’s role in MAID, both when nurses provide primary care, as in the case of nurse practitioners, and when they are part of an interdisciplinary health-care team.

“CNA will continue to work with federal/provincial/territorial nursing partners to develop a national framework for nursing on MAID in parallel with improved palliative and end-of-life care.”

CNA is the national professional voice representing nearly 139,000 registered nurses in Canada. CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.

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For more information, please contact:

Kevin Ménard
Communications Advisor
Canadian Nurses Association
Tel.: 613-237-2159, ext. 543
E-mail: kmenard@cna-aiic.ca