OTTAWA, Nov. 17, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Medical Association (CMA),
the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the Canadian
Association for Suicide Prevention today commended the report of a
Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care that calls
for the development of a National Palliative and End-of-Life Care
Strategy for Canada.
"End-of-life care is an area of our health care system that requires
urgent attention," said CMA President Dr. John Haggie. "In fact, when
it comes to patient- or family-centred palliative care, there is no
system. We therefore commend this committee's efforts and hope its
recommendations serve as a catalyst for governments to transform the
health care system."
The CMA has urged governments to work toward a common end-of-life care
strategy that would ensure that all Canadians have equitable access to
and adequate standards for end-of-life care. It was one of many
organizations that provided input to the Committee.
"We are particularly pleased that the report is helping to raise
awareness of the issue of elder abuse and neglect of older women and
men in Canada. At present, a patchwork of health, social and justice
programs across the country exists and progress is being made. But
awareness, appropriate resources and better understanding of the
underlying factors must go hand in hand to be more effective," said
Charmaine Spencer, co-chair of the Canadian Network for the Prevention
of Elder Abuse.
Ms. Dammy Damstrom-Albach, President of the board of the Canadian
Association for Suicide Prevention, said: "We commend the committee for
recognizing the importance of suicide prevention in the context of
palliative care and for the inclusion of a recommendation for the
establishment of a National Suicide Prevention Strategy. This is a
step in the right direction. Given that a similar motion just passed
almost unanimously in the House of Commons what we need now is for the
federal government to take these ideas forward."
Said Dr. Haggie: "This report demonstrates the kind of non-partisan
collaboration and cooperation that are needed if we're to ensure our
most vulnerable patients can live out their final days in dignity and
that their caregivers receive the meaningful supports to allow this to
"If we fix palliative care, we can use the same paradigm to transform
the rest of the health care system."
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is the national voice of Canadian
physicians. Founded in 1867, CMA's mission is to serve and unite the
physicians of Canada and be the national advocate, in partnership with
the people of Canada, for the highest standards of health and health
care. The CMA is a voluntary professional organization representing
over 74,000 of Canada's physicians and comprising 12 provincial and
territorial medical associations and 51 national medical organizations.
The Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA) is a
national non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of the
abuse of older people in Canada. Founded in 1998, it has been federally
incorporated since 2000.
The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) also a national
non-profit organization was incorporated in 1985 by a group of
professionals who saw the need to provide information and resources to
communities to reduce the suicide rate and minimize the harmful
consequences of suicidal behaviour.
SOURCE CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
For further information:
Lucie Boileau, Manager, Media Relations
Canadian Medical Association
Tel: 800-663-7336 / 613-731-8610, ext. 1266
Charmaine Spencer, Co-Chair
Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
Tim Wall, Executive Director
Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention
Tel: 204-784 4073