If palliative care is provided, people will chose to live as long and as well as they can, said Gladu.
Sarnia-Lambton residents are fortunate to have access to good palliative care, but only 30 per cent of Canadians have that access, the MP said following Monday’s first reading in Parliament of her private member’s bill, C-277, the Framework on Palliative Care in Canada Act.
There are remote communities that do not have palliative care, she said.
Once passed the bill will require a national palliative care conference to be held within six months to set the required training for care providers, collect research and evaluate inclusion of palliative care in services funded through the Canada Health Act.
Co-operation with the provinces is required for national standards.
Acknowledging that private member’s bill usually have a difficult path compared to government-sponsored legislation, Gladu told The Observer she expects the bill to go directly to committee study to enable a faster return to a vote in Parliament.
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