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Health-Care Team Members Offering Medical Assistance in Dying in Nova Scotia Will Not Be Prosecuted

The province’s Public Prosecution Service issued a Directive June 16th confirming it will not prosecute any physicians or members of a health-care team, who participate in the provision of medical assistance in dying that falls within the scope of the Supreme Court of Canada’s Carter decision.

“For us, that removes what was really the only lingering concern about whether this service could be delivered easily in the absence of federal legislation,” said Dr. Gus Grant, Registrar and CEO of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia.

The Directive is effective immediately.

Physician-Assisted Death Public Prosecution Directive