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LETTER: Hospice takeover seen as wrong

One Maple Ridge letter writer takes exception with NDP’s stance on MAIDs

Dear Editor,

Delta Hospice Society operates the Irene Thomas Hospice, a palliative care facility in Ladner.

This 10-bed privately-owned hospice provides professional, loving, end of life comfort and medical care, and rejects any and all participation in Medical Assistance In Dying (MAIDs – euthanasia), in accordance with the Hippocratic Oath’s principle of “do no harm.”

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Modern hospice and palliative care is rooted in Judeo-Christian moral teaching and has been practised for nearly 3,500 years.

Mr Premier, your NDP government has stripped Delta Hospice of its funding for patient care effective February 2021, due to the hospice’s morally sane refusal to kill patients.

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Health Minister Dix, your government has announced that you will seize the private assets of the society, including the building – which was paid for in full with approximately $9-million in private donations raised by the community.

This is theft of private property by a hostile and out-of-control government.

Will you then re-open it as a state-run facility that actively kills palliative care patients?

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Who will then be next in your bloody cross hairs?

I call on the government of B.C. to cease and desist in its aggressive persecution of the Delta Hospice Society and the citizens of B.C.

Laurie Geschke, Maple Ridge

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[EDITOR’S NOTE: Medical assistance in dying is now legal in Canada, as long as criteria established in the federal legislation are followed. In June 2016, the Parliament of Canada passed federal legislation that allows eligible Canadian adults to request medical assistance in dying (MAIDs). Further information about who is eligible and under what circumstances are available online]

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