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Pettapiece requests government support for local hospice

September 29, 2016

“As a community, we believe in extending compassion to those who need it most. That’s why end-of-life care – for all ages and stages – is essential. That’s why we’ve seen a groundswell of support for a new residential hospice in Perth County. And that’s why I strongly support the efforts of the Stratford Perth Residential Hospice Committee.

“Since 2013, they have been working tirelessly. They’ve been working to pursue the approvals and funding they need from the South West LHIN. They’ve done their homework. They have engaged partners in across Perth County, and then in Huron County.

“In recent months, I met several times with committee members Andy Werner and Anne Fontana. The community is fortunate to have their leadership on a project this important.

“Many times I’ve expressed public support for the project. And recently I wrote directly to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. I reminded him that the government has already committed $75-million in funding for hospices and end-of-life care. I also noted that his government recently committed to fund new palliative care beds in other communities.

“But now we need him to come through for our community. We need him to include Perth County in the first round of funding for new hospice beds for underserved areas. If he does that, we’ll be the first to applaud.

“It’s time to move this project forward.”