06/06/2016 10:26 EDT | Updated 06/07/2017 05:12 EDT

Kathleen Wynne: Critically Ill Ontarians Can Seek Assisted Dying Now

They will have to go through a family doctor, not court.

TORONTO — Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says critically ill people in the province can seek a doctor's help to end their life even before the federal government comes up with new legislation on assisted dying.

Wynne says the province worked with the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons so protocols would be in place, and will wait for the federal legislation to see if those protocols need to be updated.

She says people will still need to go through their family doctor, but will not have to go to court "to get medically assisted death service."

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne's speaks during a press conference regarding the political fundraising question at Queen's Park in Toronto on Monday, April 11, 2016. (Photo: Nathan Denette/CP)

Ontario is also setting up a referral service so physicians unwilling or unable to provide medically assisted dying can connect patients with those who are willing.

Health Minister Eric Hoskins says Ontario will also ensure that drugs for medically-assisted dying will be available at no cost.

Ontario health minister urges feds to pass law

A deadline set by the Supreme Court for the federal government to come up with a new law on medically assisted dying passed today, with legislation from the Liberal government now before the Senate.

The Supreme Court last year struck down the ban on assisted dying as a violation of the Charter right to life, liberty and security of the person.

Hoskins also urged the federal government to pass legislation on assisted dying as quickly as possible so a national framework could be established on the practice.


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