In 2008, the Manitoba College of Physicians and Surgeons gave its members the power to withdraw or withhold life-sustaining treatments from patients, even if this is contrary to the wishes of patients or their families. The process to be followed in arriving at the decision to allow a patient to die is outlined in the College’s Statement No. 1602: Withholding and Withdrawing Life Sustaining Treatment.
The Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities has been critical of this policy since its inception. On May 31, 2011, it, along with the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, outlined their perspectives at a public forum in Winnipeg.
The panelists were:
- Rhonda Wiebe – Co-chair, Council of Canadians with Disabilities Ending of Life Ethics Committee
- Jim Derksen – member, Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities
- Dean Richert – Co-chair, Council of Canadians with Disabilities Human Rights Committee
- Valerie Wolbert – People First, Manitoba
- Catherine Rogers – People First, Canada
Video Production: Paul S. Graham
Length: 90 minutes
Shaw Cable 9 in Winnipeg
Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011: 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011: 3:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 6:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 10, 2011: 2:00 a.m.