Libby Davies, the NDP’s health critic and MP for Vancouver East, introduced a private member’s bill in the House of Commons calling for a co-ordinated, national response to continuing care. The bill was seconded by Charlie Angus, ethics critic and MP for Timmins-James Bay, who added a motion to establish a national strategy on palliative care specifically.
“We know that many, many Canadians are falling through the cracks, we know that there’s not enough home care, long-term care or palliative care to meet the current demand in Canada,” Davies said.
Palliative care is a specialized area of health care that focuses on relieving the suffering of patients, most of whom are nearing the end of their life. Continuing care covers palliative, hospice, as well as other types of long-term health care.
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