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Joint statement by CNA and palliative nurses group on the Senate’s adoption of Bill C-277 to create a framework on palliative care in Canada

Ottawa, December 8, 2017 — Barb Shellian, president of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), and Julia Johnston, president of the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Nurses Group (CHPCNG), issued the following joint statement welcoming the Senate’s adoption of Bill C-277, An Act Providing for the Development of a Framework on Palliative Care in Canada, a private member’s bill sponsored by Marilyn Gladu, MP for Sarnia Lambton:

As strong advocates for establishing high-quality palliative care accessible to all Canadians, CNA and CHPCNG (a member of the Canadian Network of Nursing Specialties) welcome the Senate’s adoption of Bill C-277, which is expected to receive royal assent on December 12 to set in motion the creation of a national palliative care framework in Canada.

“As registered nurses and nurse practitioners play a fundamental role in palliative care, we are eager to see better access to this type of care in settings that best suit each individual’s needs,” said CNA president Barb Shellian. “The passage by the Senate is welcome news for patients and their caregivers, as access to palliative care improves their quality of life, while reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and health-care services.”

“We look forward to contributing to the development and implementation of a national palliative care framework — one that will provide nationwide policies and evidence-informed standards of care to ensure integration of a palliative approach to care across the continuum,” added CHPCNG president Julia Johnston.

Background:
Prior to the Senate’s adoption of C-277, CNA appeared before two parliamentary committees:

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The Canadian Nurses Association is the national professional voice representing over 139,000 registered nurses and nurse practitioners in Canada. CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.

The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Nurses Group represents hospice palliative care nurses from across Canada and shares ideas, strategies and solutions, proposals, assessment tools, research findings, educational opportunities, etc., with other nurses across the country who integrate a palliative approach to care with their patient populations.

For more information, please contact:

Kevin Ménard
Communications Advisor
Canadian Nurses Association
Cell: 613-266-8230
E-mail: kmenard@cna-aiic.ca