Bill 52 and Dying: What Is the Role of Palliative Care?

November 18, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
Segal Centre
5170 Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine
Montreal, QC H3W 1L5
$12 at the door; free for members
Sam Browman

In June of 2014, Bill 52, “An Act Respecting End-of-Life Care”, was passed into law to become effective in about 18 months.

Under the terms of that Bill, terminally-ill patients are able to enlist the services of a medical doctor to end their lives. Many physicians have already let it be known that they will not participate, insisting that more use should be made of palliative care facilities.

Manuel BorodDr. Manuel Borod practiced family medicine for 20 years prior to embarking on a career in palliative medicine.

He developed the home care program at Mount Sinai Hospital prior to coming to the MUHC on a full-time basis. He served as Clinical Director of Palliative Care there from 2003-2009 and since then has been the Division Director.

He has been very active in improving and developing different programs such as out-patient services which include a palliative care day hospital, cancer rehabilitation and a multidisciplinary program on cancer pain. He has long been a dedicated teacher and mentor to medical students, residents, and colleagues.

Dr. Borod has given many presentations at local, national and international conferences on a number of subjects including cancer pain, ethics, palliative sedation and euthanasia as well as the role of humour in palliative care.