Lack of access to care means patients 'forced' to choose assisted dying, group says

Several Montreal doctors and patients' rights advocates are calling for a moratorium on medical assistance in dying.

The group suggests Quebec is essentially forcing patients to accept medical aid in dying, because of a lack of access to things such as early diagnosis treatment, palliative care and mental health services.

One of the doctors suggested taking an appointment at a pain clinic could mean months on a waiting list.

Lisa D'Amico, a cerebral palsy patient who's suing for a moratorium, says even the College of Physicians has found the law is not being followed.

"Any euthanasia was performed outside the boundaries of the law, which means to me that there are physicians and nurses and pharmacists that are getting away with murder," she says.

-CJAD 800's Richard Deschamps contributed to this report.