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Palliative care cuts another broken promise: Forsyth

CALGARY, AB (May 21, 2013): The PC government cuts to palliative care nurses are another broken promise that hurt Alberta’s most vulnerable in their times of need, Wildrose Official Opposition Health Critic Health Forsyth said, today. 

The 2012 PC election campaign platform promises to “increase availability of both palliative and hospice care options through a multidisciplinary approach – one that ensures these services are available to Albertans on the ground and in their communities when they need them.” Instead of keeping its promise, the PC government callously cut 24 palliative care nurses, which will have a direct impact on the level of care available for palliative care patients when they need it. “In typical PC government fashion, once again these cuts are directed at the most vulnerable, will hurt patients in their last days causing undue stress on families in these times, and hits the front lines,” Forsyth said. “This is about dignity and compassion. Clearly, the government has once again let Albertans down.”