Friday, March 11, 2016

#NotATarget | Doctors Without Borders Canada

MSF email
" On February 16, 2016, an air strike destroyed an MSF-supported hospital in Syria, killing 25 people and leaving thousands more without access to emergency medical care. Now, we're asking you to take action in support of patients, civilians and humanitarian workers around the world.
This attack is only the most recent example of a disturbing trend. In 2015 alone, 63 hospitals and clinics supported by MSF were hit by bombing and shelling in Syria – on average that’s more than once a week. In total, 23 MSF medical staff were killed last year, and 58 staff were wounded. MSF's health workers and health structures have been targeted in Yemen, South Sudan and Afghanistan, amongst other countries, causing intolerable suffering, death and destruction. These are only the most recent reported attacks against MSF, and other humanitarian organizations and national health authorities have also been targeted.
It's time that we stand up publicly and call again on warring parties to stop bombing health structures and humanitarian workers. We encourage you, as a vital member of the MSF movement, to help us by participating in our #NotATarget social media campaign.
Thank you for standing in solidarity with innocent civilians and humanitarian aid workers around the world!"

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Thursday, March 03, 2016

The Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience

 Canadians shouldn't have to compromise their conscience.

In Canada, everyone has the right to their faith and their conscience. The coming legalization of physician-assisted suicide will put healthcare practitioners and facilities in a compromised position.

Those who cannot support assisted suicide or euthanasia because of their conscience, faith and commitment to the Hippocratic Oath could be forced to compromise their convictions. They shouldn't have to.

 Our Conscience Rights Matter.
Sign your name to show your support for individual and institutional rights:

Hippocratic Oath

I swear by Apollo the physician, and Asclepius, and Hygieia and Panacea and all the gods and goddesses as my witnesses, that, according to my ability and judgement, I will keep this Oath and this contract:

To hold him who taught me this art equally dear to me as my parents, to be a partner in life with him, and to fulfill his needs when required; to look upon his offspring as equals to my own siblings, and to teach them this art, if they shall wish to learn it, without fee or contract; and that by the set rules, lectures, and every other mode of instruction, I will impart a knowledge of the art to my own sons, and those of my teachers, and to students bound by this contract and having sworn this Oath to the law of medicine, but to no others.

I will use those dietary regimens which will benefit my patients according to my greatest ability and judgement, and I will do no harm or injustice to them.

I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan; and similarly I will not give a woman a pessary to cause an abortion.

In purity and according to divine law will I carry out my life and my art.

I will not use the knife, even upon those suffering from stones, but I will leave this to those who are trained in this craft.

Into whatever homes I go, I will enter them for the benefit of the sick, avoiding any voluntary act of impropriety or corruption, including the seduction of women or men, whether they are free men or slaves.

Whatever I see or hear in the lives of my patients, whether in connection with my professional practice or not, which ought not to be spoken of outside, I will keep secret, as considering all such things to be private.

So long as I maintain this Oath faithfully and without corruption, may it be granted to me to partake of life fully and the practice of my art, gaining the respect of all men for all time. However, should I transgress this Oath and violate it, may the opposite be my fate.

Translated by Michael North, National Library of Medicine, 2002.

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