Auditor General’s Report Confirms Ontario Government Needs A Push On Palliative Care

A News Release from Niagara West-Glanbrook MPP Sam Oosterhoff

Posted December 7th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara West-Glanbrook MPP Sam Oosterhoff

Queen’s Park, Toronto – Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk released yet another scathing report this December 6th detailing numerous areas in which the government is not up to standards.

Palliative care was highlighted as one of the “pressing issues” that was “still not addressed”, despite her repeated calls on the government for action.  

“All 21 recommended actions in our 2014 Annual Report on Palliative Care were still in the process of being implemented, including one calling for a review of the way nurse practitioners are deployed in order to provide patients with 24/7 access to palliative care at home; and another recommending consideration of new options such as creating additional physicians who deliver home-based palliative care,” the report reads.     

“The government has had three years to implement the recommendations on palliative care,” said Oosterhoff. “This report is just one more indicator that passing the Compassionate Care Act is an urgent matter.”

“Patients in Ontario need comprehensive access to palliative care now,” concluded Oosterhoff. “They have waited far too long already.”      

The first debate and vote on the Bill 182 will take place on December 14th.

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