Euthanasia doctor cleared of wrong-doing for sneaking into Jewish care home to euthanize resident

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Louis Brier Care Home

In January 2018, an Orthodox Jewish Care Home filed a complaint against euthanasia doctor, Ellen Wiebe for sneaking into the Home and killing a resident, which is against the policy of the Louis Brier Home in Vancouver.

Kelly Grant, the Globe and Mail health reporter, in writing about Ellen Wiebe being cleared of wrong doing, stated [] :

In a letter dated July 5, 2019, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC) dismissed an official complaint against Ellen Wiebe, saying the Vancouver doctor did not break any of the regulator’s rules when she helped Barry Hyman, 83, die inside the Louis Brier Home and Hospital.

“The committee determined… that the patient had consented and that Dr. Wiebe had met all requirements for provision of MAiD [Medical Aid in Dying–euthanasia]”

Grant wondered if this decision may affect other religious hospitals and nursing homes. She wrote:

The CPSBC decision is believed to mark the first time that a medical regulator has weighed in on the thorny question of whether doctors could be professionally punished for defying the wishes of a faith-based health-care facility in order to fulfill those of a patient eligible for a medically assisted death.

However, the self-regulating colleges in each province – all of which have the power to grant and revoke medical licences – generally keep their decisions secret unless they send a case to a formal disciplinary hearing.

Grant reported that the Louis Brier home criticized the decision and changed their rules to prevent similar situations:

David Keselman, the chief executive officer of Louis Brier, criticized the college’s decision and said his organization has tightened its credentialing and privileging process to prevent others from following Dr. Wiebe’s example.

“I think [the college] disregarded many of the elements that were in the complaint,” Mr. Keselman said, stressing how upsetting it was to learn afterward that a doctor had managed to sneak into the home without staff’s permission.

“We have quite a number of Holocaust survivors in the building. This is a huge concern … as this came out, it created a very significant level of anxiety and chaos, specifically for those individuals,” Mr. Keselman said.

One goal of the euthanasia lobby is to force religiously affiliated health care institutions to allow MAiD on their premises.

Euthanasia activist and academic, Jocelyn Downie, has been pressuring St. Martha’s hospital in Antigonish Nova Scotia to permit euthanasia on their premises because they are the only hospital in the region.

Editor’s note. This appeared on Mr. Schadenberg’s blog and is reposted with permission.