Dr. Giddings, author of Dying in the Land of Enchantment:
"It's wonderful to see that the people of Alberta will benefit from the institute, but it begs the question: what about the rest of the country? A real, concerted effort needs to take place to implement these kinds of programs across the country," says Giddings.
He went on to state that the relatively small amount of attention paid at the government level to palliative health care feels disconnected from the ethics of our system:
"As a compassionate country, we need to commit to compassionate care throughout the entire life course. Quality palliative care cannot be viewed as a luxury, it's an absolute health care necessity."
Dr. Giddings is a noted author and essayist who speaks frequently on issues of death and dying and the practice of palliative medicine. For information on Dying in the Land of Enchantment and to read his blog, visit: http://gordongiddings.wordpress.com/
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