TORONTO, Oct. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - The Supreme Court is set to release,
tomorrow, its decision in a landmark case that will determine if
doctors must obtain consent before removing life support from a
In this case, doctors refused to obtain consent before deciding to
terminate life support and they refused to apply to the Consent and
Capacity Board, the body charged with oversight, in Ontario of such
The family was forced to apply for a Court injunction to stop the
withdrawal of life support to Mr. Rasouli.
The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) intervened in this case to
support the need for oversight of doctors in addressing life and death
In this case, Mr. Rasouli was also misdiagnosed as being in a persistent
vegetative state. In fact, he was conscious and able to communicate as
his family had suggested throughout.
"The case raises fundamental questions about the need for oversight with
respect to critical treatment decisions at the end of life", says Hugh Scher, the Toronto lawyer that represented EPC at the
hearing before the Supreme Court of Canada.
"There is a real concern about the impact of economic considerations,
accuracy of diagnosis and the critical role of patient autonomy in the
making of treatment decisions", says Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director of EPC
"We hope the Supreme Court upholds the oversight responsibility of the
Consent and Capacity Board and ensures that patient values, beliefs and
best interests are given prominence, in conjunction with the clinical
considerations of doctors", says Scher.
The Supreme Court will likely lay down a set of guiding principles
relative to such end of life situations and provide direction in the
process of making critical medical treatment decisions.
SOURCE: Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
For further information:
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition spokespersons:
Hugh Scher, (Toronto) EPC Legal Counsel: (416) 816-6115 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Schadenberg, EPC Executive Director: (519) 851-1434 / email@example.com