HALCO and the Mental Health Legal Committee (MHLC) have been granted intervener status in the “Rasouli” case, which deals with consent to treatment. The Supreme Court of Canada will be deciding whether a doctor can unilaterally withdraw life support.
Mr. Hassan Rasouli tragically fell into a coma as a result of an infection after surgery. His physicians wanted to withdraw life support but his wife did not agree. The Supreme Court will hear the Appeal in December 2012.
HALCO and the MHLC strongly believe that consent must be at the heart of all treatment decisions.
This announcement from HALCO and the MHLC has more information about the case.