TIME FOR OTTAWA TO DEAL WITH PALLIATIVE CARE: ANGUS CALLS ON ALL PARTIES TO SUPPORT NDP MOTION
February 27th, 2014 - 3:12pm
The New Democratic Party’s push for a national palliative care strategy has been picking up support from individual members of all political parties. Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus has been leading the push for Motion 456 calling for a national palliative care strategy. He says that he appreciates the support of individual members of Parliament for the NDP initiative, but the issue deserves the committed support of the other mainline parties.
“The NDP believe that a pan-Canadian strategy on quality end of life care must be part of any national vision for health care. We want to know whether or not the Liberals and Conservatives are willing to work across partisan lines on making this a reality.”
So far, the Conservative Party says they are studying the motion. The Liberals haven’t made their intentions known on a pan-Canadian strategy on palliative care.
Angus says access to quality palliative care is being overlooked in Ottawa.
“All across the country there is a patchwork of services regarding palliative and hospice care. The New Democrats believe that the federal government has a role to play working with the Provinces to establish clear objectives for ensuring that all Canadians have quality end of life care.”
Motion 456 comes up for debate on March 31st.