On behalf of the CSPCP, President Leonie Herx advocates for maintaining hospice palliative care resources in the ongoing dispute between Delta Hospice Society and Fraser Health in BC.
(Nov 27, 2019) The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) and the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP) released a joint statement and call to action regarding the ongoing confusion amongst the general public about Palliative Care and Medical Assistance in Dying.
This statement has been endorsed by international palliative care organizations, including the International Association of Hospice Palliative Care (IAHPC) and the World Hospice Palliative Care Association (WHPCA). It has also been endorsed by the founder of palliative care in Canada, Dr. Balfour Mount, and internationally well-respected palliative care physicians such as Dr. Eduardo Bruera. You can read Dr. Mount’s message here.
If you and/or your organization would like to endorse this statement, you may do so here: Endorsement submission form
On October 18th, 2019, the CMAJ published a response from the CSPCP regarding the article Canadian Guideline for Parkinson Disease. Our response provides clarification about Palliative Care & MAiD. Please share amongst your networks as you see fit.
Link to response: https://www.cmaj.ca/content/191/36/E989/tab-e-letters
(Oct 2019) The CSPCP is one of the 65+ organizations calling for an appeal of the Quebec Superior Court’s Decision re Truchon and Gladu. This open letter, signed by members and supporters of the disability rights community, outlines that we need an appeal to: 1) protect equality and inclusion, 2) prevent negative stereotypes and stigma, and 3) uphold article 10 of the UN Convention of the Right of Persons with Disabilities. As it stand, the Quebec court decision on medical assistance in dying may entrench stereotypes and exacerbate stigma for Canadians with disabilities, contributing to the adversity and oppression experienced by this vulnerable group.
On May 10, 2019, federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor announced funding to help strengthen palliative care in Canada. (View press release here).
Three national organizations will receive more than $4.5 million in funding:
- $1.9 million over three years to the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association to help Canadians prepare for their future health care needs, including through public education and awareness, community workshops, and a renewed strategy to promote advance care planning.
- $2 million over three years to the Canadian Virtual Hospice to expand existing virtual services and resources for palliative care and grief support to meet the needs of underserved communities, including families caring for a dying child, Francophones, and LGBTQ2 communities.
- $600,000 over two years to the Canadian Home Care Association to help improve delivery of palliative care at home and communication with patients, families, and caregivers.
Thank you to the Ministry of Health for supporting this important work — and congratulations to the recipients!