Palliative Care in the News: February

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The Quebec government has tabled legislation that would allow people with incurable diseases to make advance requests for medical assistance in dying in the event they become incapacitated and will require all hospice residences to provide access to MAiD.

Meanwhile, a parliamentary committee has made 23 recommendations to improve Canada’s assisted-dying regime – chief among them improving access to palliative care.

A home care staffing shortage in Winnipeg meant that Katherine Ellis, 62, was bedridden without proper care in her home for close to five weeks after being diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer – highlighting the need for more resources.

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, among other MPs and a delegation of patients and health-care workers called on lawmakers to advance clinical trails of psilocybin – the psychedelic compound produced by magic mushrooms – to better understand how it could be used for medical treatment of mental health disorders.

Bruce Power and Chapman’s Ice Cream partnered together to donate $40,000 to support the Saugeen First Nation’s Hospice at Home campaign to help deliver quality hospice services to the members of Saugeen First Nation #29.

Three additional patient beds are opening at the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County thanks to additional funding from the A Plan to Stay Open initiative by the Ontario government.

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