House of Commons Passes Motion on Palliative Care

The House of Commons today passed Motion-456 calling for a Pan-Canadian strategy on palliative and end-of-life care.  The motion had overwhelming support of all parties in the house and is an important step forward for hospice palliative care in Canada.  The motion was introduced by NDP MP Charlie Angus and supported by all parties.

The full text of the motion:

M-456 — October 21, 2013 — Mr. Angus (Timmins—James Bay) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should establish a Pan-Canadian Palliative and End-of-life Care Strategy by working with provinces and territories on a flexible, integrated model of palliative care that: (a) takes into account the geographic, regional, and cultural diversity of urban and rural Canada as well as Canada’s First Nation, Inuit and Métis people; (b) respects the cultural, spiritual and familial needs of all Canadians ; and (c) has the goal of (i) ensuring all Canadians have access to high quality home-based and hospice palliative end-of-life care, (ii) providing more support for caregivers, (iii) improving the quality and consistency of home and hospice palliative end-of-life care in Canada, (iv) encouraging Canadians to discuss and plan for end-of-life care.

HPCO congratulated Mr. Angus and the 272 Members of Parliament that voted in favour of this important motion