10/24/2011 06:47 EDT | Updated 12/24/2011 05:12 EST

Committee on assisted suicide likely to recommend more palliative care

QUEBEC - Quebec's committee examining physician-assisted suicide is running behind schedule and wants more time to reach a consensus on its recommendations to the provincial government.

But The Canadian Press has learned the report of the committee will likely focus on urging the government to increase the amount of palliative care and training of doctors who are caring for the dying.

There would also be suggestions to amend physicians' codes of ethics accordingly and better inform Quebecers of their rights, including the right to refuse medical treatment.

The committee wants to ensure the patient's wishes are respected in the end.

The commission, which was set up two years ago, was to report this fall.

It received 300 submissions and heard from 400 witnesses.