For Immediate Release
HEALTH CANADA SEEKS INPUT ON PALLIATIVE CARE
June 28, 2018
Belleville, ON – Neil Ellis, Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte, is glad to announce that Health Canada has officially launched a public consultation on palliative care in Canada, which will be open until July 13, 2018. The public input received will be used to create a framework that will be tabled in Parliament by December 13, 2018.
The framework will help support improved access to palliative care, as well as provide a common point of reference across communities throughout Canada. This will support Canadians’ access to palliative care, as well as home and community care, reducing the number of patients receiving treatment in hospitals. Heath Canada welcomes commentary from palliative care providers, people living with illnesses, caregivers, and other stakeholders, as well as the general public.
There are three different ways for the public to participate in the consultation:
- Online—by visiting the Let’s Talk Health website;
- E-mail—by submitting an Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Word file attachment; or
- Mail—by sending comments to the Let’s Talk Palliative Care team in Ottawa.
The federal government has committed $6 billion dollars over 10 years to improve access to home, community, and palliative care services.
“Many people in the Bay of Quinte have real experience in providing end of life care for their loved ones or friends. I deeply encourage anyone in our riding with this form of expertise, to share their perspective with the consultation undertaken by Health Canada. Your input will go a long way to help build up a framework for palliative care in Canada, which will support caregivers and provide more opportunities for home care in the future.”
-Neil Ellis, MP for Bay of Quinte
- In 2012, 13% of Canadians over the age of 15 reported providing end-of-life care to a family member or friend at some point in their lives.
- 1 in 5 Canadians, aged 50-69, had provided palliative care to a parent, spouse, grandparent, other family member or friend.
- Approximately one third (35%) of Canadians indicated that they had provided palliative care in their own home.
- 12% of Canadians who provided end-of-life care took “Compassionate Care leave”, a support that offers up to 8 weeks of leave from paid work to care for a family member or friend who is at risk of dying within 26 weeks.
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Let’s Talk Palliative Care
The End of Life Care Team
c/o Venetia Lawless
200 Eglantine Drive, A.L. 1904D
Ottawa, ON K1A0K9