You might think the middle of a global pandemic is less than an ideal time to disrupt the operations of a hospice where palliative care patients receive comfort as they approach death.
If so, you would not share the apparent thinking of the B.C. government or its local Fraser Health Authority, which is forcing layoffs at the Irene Thomas Hospice in suburban Vancouver. The dismissals are part of the eviction of the Delta Hospice Society that oversees the facility.
Hospice society board president Angelina Ireland has confirmed that pink slips have already gone out because the society refuses to administer medical assistance in dying (MAID) on its premises. As of Feb. 24, the society will have to relinquish the palliative care centre that it raised $9 million a decade ago to construct on Fraser Health Authority land. Its 35-year lease on the property will be nullified and its other assets expropriated, Ireland says.