Canadian Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care Report Released

 The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association Commends the Parliamentary Committee’s Recommendations as a Strong Next Step for Hospice Palliative Care

(Ottawa, ON – November 17, 2011) The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) sees the recommendations highlighted in Not to be Forgotten: Care of Vulnerable Canadians released by the Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care (PCPCC) as a positive step forward for palliative care issues in Canada.

In the report, several recommendations are made regarding palliative end-of-life care, including caregiver support, advance care planning, and community-integrated palliative care. In their 2010 report, Blueprint for Action: 2010-2020, the Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada (QELCCC) made similar recommendations which included:

  • Ensure that all Canadians have access to high quality hospice palliative end-of-life care;
  • Provide more support for family caregivers;
  • Improve the quality and consistency of hospice palliative end-of-life care in Canada;
  • Encourage Canadians to discuss and plan for end of life.

“Quality palliative care is the right of every Canadian, yet not every Canadian can access these services at a time when they and their families need it most,” said Sharon Baxter, Executive Director of the CHPCA and Secretariat of the QELCCC. “This report will help to ensure that the discussion on hospice palliative care remains at the forefront, and that all levels recognize the importance of a community-integrated palliative care system.”

In the 2011 Federal Budget, the government made a commitment for the one-time funding of $3 million to help support the development of new community-integrated palliative care models. This is an important starting point, however, based on the testimonials and recommendations in the report; more still needs to be done.

Canada’s population is aging and, when coupled with the increasing numbers of chronic diseases, it is clear that the demands for hospice palliative care will continue to grow. Seniors make up Canada’s fastest-growing age group. In 2003, an estimated 4.6 million Canadians were 65 years of age or older, a number that is expected to double in the next 25 years. By 2041, about one in four Canadians is expected to be 65 or older. Without a stronger palliative care system, Canadians will be ill prepared for the increased strain/demand on the health care system. This report will hopefully encourage a meaningful dialogue among all parties and inspire them to continue to move forward.

Links:

Parlimentary Committee on Pallaitive and Compassionate Care Final Report

Summary of Recommendation Specific to Hospice Palliative Care

 

Media contact:

Vanessa Sherry

Communications Officer

Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association

E-mail:vsherry@bruyere.org

Phone: 613-241-3663 ext. 229

 

About the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association

The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) is the national voice for hospice palliative care in Canada. It is a bilingual, national charitable non-profit association whose mission is the pursuit of excellence in care for persons approaching death so that the burdens of suffering, loneliness and grief are lessened.