MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Several Vermont hospitals are saying they will put off implementing the state's new aid-in-dying law, at least for now.
And an official with a statewide hospital association says that's likely the case with most or all of them.
Gov. Peter Shumlin is scheduled to sign into law on Monday the bill allowing doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients who request it. And the new law is to take effect immediately.
Jill Olson of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems says hospitals need time to work through with their medical staffs and ethics committees how to implement the law.
The law will allow doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients who request it.
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