Equal Access Comox Valley (EACV) picks up and continues on the great campaign started in May 2017 by the Equal Access Committee (EAC). EAC was very successful and made significant inroads -- it increased community awareness, gathered community support on petitions and obtained a landmark commitment from Island Health that all six hospice beds would be co-located in a residential care facility with no MAiD restrictions. You can read more in EAC's final press release by clicking here. We all owe that committee a big round of well deserved applause. Visit Our Committee page for information on the volunteers supporting Equal Access Comox Valley.
In the Comox Valley the ability to exercise our legal right to Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) is severely restricted. A large proportion of our residential care beds are currently managed and controlled by a faith-based institution that refuses to allow MAiD within its facilities. This institution is actively planning to increase its domination of residential care services here in our valley by merging with the Glacier View Lodge as well as competing for the seventy new residential care beds allocated by Island Health. We are not being provided with services that reflect the demographics of our community and we do not have the same level of access to MAiD services provided everywhere else on Vancouver Island.
Secular Care That residential care should be available from secular institutions as is the case everywhere else on Vancouver Island -- it is imperative that Valley Citizens who desire access to Medical Assistance in Dying be able to do so without encountering faith-based restrictions or transfers imposed by the institution providing the care. Click here for more info