1998.05 Palliative Care: An Essential Service

December 20, 2013

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Whereas, in June 1995, the Special Senate Committee on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide advised that governments make palliative care programs a top priority in the restructuring of the health care system and that the delivery of care, whether in the home, in hospice or in institutions, including respite services, be coordinated to maximize effectiveness; therefore, be it

Resolved, that the national council of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada, in 78th annual national convention assembled, urge the federal government to amend the Canada Health Act to designate palliative care an essential service.

Action Plan

  • Write letters to the federal minister of health with copies to your local MP and the Prime Minister urging the federal government to amend the Canada Health Act to designate palliative care an essential service
  • Investigate what palliative care is available in your community and if it is insufficient to serve the community at large advocate for it’s necessity
  • Invite guest speakers from palliative care facilities
  • Invite your member of parliament and member of the legislative assembly to speak about their positions on palliative care
  • Promote ongoing awareness of palliative care issues