Disciplinary proceedings

College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia Complaint against Dr. Ellen Wiebe

On February 13, 2018, the CPSBC Inquiry Committee issued a “Final Disposition Report” on a complaint submitted by the Chief Medical Officer and Coroner, BC Coroners Service against Dr. Ellen Wiebe asking the College to “review this matter [medical assistance in dying for Ms. S] to ensure that the eligibility criteria for medical assistance in dying were met.”  The Inquiry Committee concluded that “a patient cannot be forced to take treatment they do not consider acceptable, i.e., patients seeking medical assistance in dying retain, as do all competent patients, right of refusal. It was determined that Ms. S met the requisite criteria and was indeed eligible for medical assistance in dying, despite the fact that her refusal of medical treatment, food, and water, undoubtedly hastened her death and contributed to its ‘reasonable foreseeability’.  Given the above, the Committee agreed that Dr. Wiebe acted in compliance with the College’s standard in all respects.”

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