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Nova Scotia removes some restrictions for dying medical assistance

Nova Scotia will remove the requirement that someone's natural death be "reasonably foreseeable" so that they can receive medical assistance in the event of death.

States have also adopted the Audley Amendment. This ensures that patients undergoingmedically assisted deathare fully conscious and do not need to consent at the time of death. death.

The state health department said the policy change was effective immediately and was made to reflect "changing circumstances" around medically assisted death.

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Audrey's Amendment, Audrey Parker, woman from Nova Scotia with terminal cancer had medically assisted death sooner than she wanted because she feared she wasn't well enough to give terminal consent .

Audrey Parker was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, she had a metastasis to her bones, a tumor in her brain, and was dying. said of her death. At her home in Halifax on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan. AV

Audrey's amendment received royal approval in the Canadian Senate in March 2021.

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Nova Scotia Health Nicole Boutilier, Ph.D., vice president of medicine at , said in a statement: “The new document demonstrates our commitment to our patients and clinicians to uphold the highest standards of care.”

This report by The Canadian Press, 9 August 2022. was first published on the day.

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