April – May 2016: Winnipeg, Manitoba
The family of a nursing home resident was pressured on three occasions to put their father on “comfort care” rather than receive medical treatment. Each time, the family insisted that he be hospitalized instead, where he quickly recovered. Only when the nursing home learned that there were two doctors in the family, did they suddenly admit that the man was “not ready for ‘comfort care’.” The irony is that the man is a retired judge, and the staff knew this. No one is safe from doctors and nurses who abuse their authority and end the life of a person who is neither terminally ill nor wants to be put to death.