Monday, June 24, 2024
Editorials

We need better palliative care

Palliative care is one of the most important healthcare initiatives that can be offered.
When someone is diagnosed with a terminal illness, we as a society need to make sure that they are as comfortable as possible in their final years, months and weeks.
After all, a society should be judged by how well they treat their most vulnerable.
If this is the case, it appears that Quebec is falling short.
It was recently reported by Quebec’s College of Physicians that more and more Quebec residents are opting for assisted dying due to a lack of palliative care spaces in some of the province’s hospitals.
The letter sent by the college to Quebec’s Health Minister, Gaétan Barrette, says that a lack of palliative care doctors has led to the uneven distribution of care in different parts of the province.
The letter was damning.

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