Resolution 2001.01: Quality End-Of-Life Care

November 05, 2013

Whereas, “Quality End-of-Life Care: The Right of Every Canadian,” the final report of the Senate Subcommittee to Update Of Life and Death of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology concludes that “a more compassionate and comprehensive approach to end-of-life [seems] to be assigned a low priority in the existing health care system”; and

Whereas, A great deal of evidence indicates “an increase in the numbers of total deaths and acknowledged changes in demographics, disease patterns, and health care institutions, there has not yet been the required shift of resources to end-of-life care”; therefore, be it

Resolved, That the national council of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada, in 81st annual national convention assembled, support the recommendations of the Subcommittee to Update Of Life and Death of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology and especially urge early action on the following three recommendations:

  • “that the federal government immediately assess the need for home care and pharmacare for the dying and establish, in collaboration with the provinces, the funding required for these programs”;
  • “that the federal government immediately implement income security and job protection for family members who care for the dying”; and
  • “that the Canadian Institutes of Health Research be encouraged to establish an institute that focuses on end-of-life issues facing Canadian of all ages with all medical conditions.”

Detailed Action Plan

  • Write letters to federal, provincial and territorial ministers of health and of finance urging sufficient funds for quality-end-of-life care.
  • Write a letter to the prime minister commending the establishment of a secretariat on palliative care and contributing $1,000,000 towards coordinating the development of a national strategy on end-of-life care.
  • Write letters to The Honourable Allan Rock, Minister of Health, and The Honourable Sharon Carstairs, Leader of the Government in the Senate, encouraging quality end-of-life care as they develop a national strategy.
  • Monitor the progress of quality palliative care in Canada.
  • Invite speakers from palliative care and hospice organizations.
  • Revisit Resolution 98.5 Palliative Care: An Essential Service.
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