This past weekend was National Care Giver Day and today is World Health Day. Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus stood in the House of Commons today to draw attention to the dedicated work of family members, volunteers and paid support workers in providing care across this country. Angus says, with an aging population, the role of caregivers will become increasingly important.


Continuing care is about ensuring that our elderly and those on disability are able to live at home with the dignity they deserve. And yet, we need to recognize the growing cost on our system as unpaid caregivers miss work and use personal savings to help loved ones.”


The New Democratic Party has made the issue of continuing care an essential part of a 21st century vision for delivering health services. Angus’ motion on a national strategy for palliative care is an important part of that vision.


Angus says government’s both federal and provincial must do more to support the work of caregivers.


By building support for family care-giving, we can improve quality of life for both patients and their caregivers.”