A private member’s bill authored by local Member of Parliament Marilyn Gladu has received unanimous support from the House of Commons and is now headed to the Health Committee for review.
Gladu, who represents Sarnia-Lambton in the House of Representatives, said she was gratified with the support received so far for PMB C-277, an Act providing for the Development of a Framework on Palliative Care in Canada.
“To see this bill receive unanimous support among my colleagues from all sides of the House was gratifying, but also speaks to the fact that palliative care is a non-partisan issue that all MPs have heard strong support for, from across their respective ridings,” said Gladu. “I thank all those in the Chamber who supported the bill, and I look forward to seeing C-277 continue to progress through the legislative process.”
Gladu said the proposed legislation has been recognized by health stakeholder groups as a critical piece of legislation.
“In its current form, it will help implement a framework for palliative care in Canada, including; the definition of services included, required training, and measures to ensure consistent access to palliative care across the country,” she said in a news release.
The bill also recommends evaluating the advisability of amending the Canada Health Act to include palliative care as a covered service.
Support has been received from the Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Nurses Association, and Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians.