The PCPCC, an ad-hoc all party committee, completed their report, Not to be Forgotten: Care of vulnerable Canadians in November 2011. The report advocated for change to hospice palliative care policies in Canada. Many of the 52 signatories of the original report, among other Ministers of Parliament attended the event, voicing their support for improvements to end-of-life care in Canada.
“259,000 Canadians die every year, with seniors making up the fastest-growing age group. Palliative end-of-life care is needed for all corners of society as families of all ages are dealing with the challenges of spending final days in dignity in their community and close to their families,” said Sharon Baxter, Executive Director of the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association. “Even one year later, events like this help us to gain momentum and continue the important discussion on end-of-life care.”
The report’s recommendations included: the development of a flexible integrated model of palliative health care delivery; a federally funded national public awareness campaign on palliative and end-of-life care; and an expansion of the federal government’s provisions of the E.I. based compassionate care benefit to a minimum of 26 weeks coverage.