Marilyn Gladu’s private member’s bill addressing palliative care which was introduced in the House of Commons in May 2016 has just passed third reading with unanimous support and is on its way to the Senate.
“I’m amazed by the outpouring of support for my palliative care bill, which speaks to the importance that Parliamentarians place on addressing the urgent need for palliative care of Canadians who wish to live as well as they can for as long as they can,” said Gladu.
Bill C-277, also known as an Act providing for the Development of a Framework on Palliative Care in Canada, “would require the Minister of Health to develop and implement a framework designed to give all Canadians access to palliative care provided through hospitals, home care, long-term care facilities, and residential hospices,” said Vancouver Kingsway MP Don Davies in the House of Commons on Tuesday.
Over 50 national stakeholder organizations including Pallium Canada, the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Nurses Association, and Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians have publicly endorsed the bill.
“Alleviating the suffering of Canadians is a collective duty of the House, regardless of political agenda or party affiliation,” said Edmonton West MP Kelly McCauley when speaking in support of the bill on Tuesday. “Whether in hospitals or at home, Canadians should not have to go without the care they need simply because there is not sufficient support. ”
“This bill helps to promote good health while preserving the independence of Canadians in need of health support,” said McCauley.
Gladu’s bill is is the first opposition private member’s bill to pass third reading through full process in the 42nd Parliament.
The bill must go through three readings in the Senate before the Governor General can grant royal assent.
“I urge the Senate to quickly pass this vital legislation so we can better ensure Canadians priorities are truly served by our nation’s parliament,” said Gladu.