Listen: Man Suffering From Incurable Neurological Disease Releases Tapes of Hospital Staff Seemingly Offering Assisted Death

A Canadian man suffering from an incurable neurological disease, who is hospitalized but has repeatedly asked to live at home, has released tapes of hospital staff seemingly offering him help seeking a medically-assisted death.

As CTV reports, Roger Foley, 42, who suffers from cerebellar ataxia which impedes his ability to move his arms and legs, filed a lawsuit against a London, Ontario hospital, several health agencies, the Ontario government and the federal government earlier this year, alleging that health officials would not provide him with an assisted home care team of his choosing.

Foley has now released audio recordings of conversations he had with two health care workers at Victoria Hospital London Health Sciences Centre, where he has resided since February 2016.

One audio recording from September 2017 features Foley speaking of his “forced discharge,” asking the health care worker how much he’d have to pay to remain in the hospital. After the man tells him, “I don’t know what the exact number is, but it is north of $1,500 a day,” Foley argues that the Ontario health minister said that was “not legal.” The health care worker replies that the hospital does not use “this conversation in every situation … It is only in situations where somebody has a plan in the community that is feasible that they’re not going to accept and that’s okay.” . . .

The health care worker states, “Roger, this is not my show. I told you my piece of this was to talk to you about if you had interest in assisted dying.” (Read more from “Listen: Man Suffering From Incurable Neurological Disease Releases Tapes of Hospital Staff Seemingly Offering Assisted Death” HERE)

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