Charlie Angus Speaks on National Palliative Care Strategy

Categories: Policy.

Angus spoke in the House yesterday on his Motion 456 that will bring the federal government to the table to work with the provinces, territories and First Nation communities on improving access to quality palliative care.

“Palliative care is patient-centered, family-centered and rooted in community, and yet, less than a quarter of Canadians have access to these services. It means that patients end up in emergency wards or waiting for beds in overcrowded hospitals. The results are higher costs on the health care system and unnecessary stress for patients and families.”

Angus has been working with the Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada and his efforts are receiving strong support from health care professionals.

“This is why the New Democratic Party is calling for a national palliative and hospice care strategy. We believe the federal government has a role to play in working with the Provinces, Territories as well as First Nation and Inuit communities.”

The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association strongly supports this motion. If you would like to add your name to our petition backing this Motion, please contact us.