ANGUS LAUNCHES NEXT PHASE OF PALLIATIVE CARE STRATEGY CAMPAIGN:With passage of M-456 it is time for implementation

With parliament’s bi-partisan support for the NDP’S call for a Pan-Canadian Strategy for Palliative and End-of-Life Care, Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus says it is time to move to the next phase of his campaign: making this promise a reality.

 

Angus has been meeting with front-line health workers who are pushing for the government to make good on the promise it made last spring.

 

“It is up to us, Canadians and civil society organizations to be willing partners while holding the government’s feet to the fire to make sure it follows through on the NDP’s motion for improving palliative services for Canadians.”

 

Palliative care is about patient and family centered care. It creates a more cost-effective health care system that focuses on turning traumatic moments into healing moments for families and loved ones. This common sense solution means better health care that meets our most human needs.

 

In the next phase of the campaign, Angus is asking organizations and individuals to submit brief submissions on what a Pan-Canadian Palliative Care Strategy should look like. These submissions will be part of a briefing document for the minister of Health.

 

But Angus says an equally important piece is keeping politicians’ feet to the fire.

“Politicians of all political stripes stood to vote for this historic motion. Now it’s time for Canadians to remind them of this promise and ask when it will be made a reality.”