Thursday, April 22, 2010

Canada Getting Serious About Palliative Care - It's About Time

Good for these Canadian MPs. Wherever assisted sucide & euthanasia seem to take hold, it’s almost always in contexts where there is little or no attention paid to high-quality palliative care. That this is now on the front burner right after the defeat of an assisted suicide/euthanasia bill in Canada is encouraging.
MPs band together to study palliative care
OTTAWA — Spurred by a private member’s bill that supported assisted suicide, five MPs from three federal parties said Wednesday they’ll band together to work on improving palliative and elder care, and will ask other MPs to join them.
The assisted suicide bill, introduced by Bloc Quebecois MP Francine Lalonde, was defeated Wednesday evening on second reading, but NDP MP Joe Comartin said politicians needed to do more than just deal with that bill. more

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