Monday, March 10, 2014

Canadian government is committed to increasing palliative care training.

By Alex Schadenberg 
Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The Pallium Foundation of Canada on March 8 received the first instalment of a 3 year commitment from the federal government of 3 million dollars per year for palliative care training in Canada. 

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) supports the goals of the Pallium Foundation as essential to building greater access to excellent palliative care in Canada.

Hon Rona Ambrose
The Hon Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health stated:
"Our Government understands the very difficult challenges faced by Canadian families when they are caring for loved ones who need palliative care. This federal support will equip more front-line care providers with the knowledge they need to deliver quality palliative care, in a range of settings, so patients can receive the on-going care they need and deserve. We will continue to work with the provinces and territories, as well as groups like the Pallium Foundation of Canada to ensure that Canadians receive the compassionate care they need."
Kathryn Downer National Director of the Pallium Foundation of Canada stated:
"It is essential that palliative and end-of-life care education be standardized and accessible for all health care providers to increase capacity and to promote a consistent level of quality palliative care throughout Canada"
Dr. Jose Pereira
Dr. Jose Pereira Scientific Director of the Pallium Foundation of Canada stated:
"This funding will go a long way to improve the quality of hospice and palliative care in Canada."
EPC urges the federal government commitment to the Pallium Foundation to continue and increase over the next few years.

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