Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to rise in the House today to announce the formation of a partnership between the Hospice Association of
Ontario and Glaxo Wellcome, a pharmaceutical company located in my riding.
Ontario's 78 hospices give people with life threatening and terminal illnesses the opportunity to be cared for at home. The demand for community based care continues to grow. It is estimated that hospices are the largest providers of direct services within Ontario's voluntary health care sector.
The survival of hospices in Ontario depends on the support and partnership of companies like Glaxo. Glaxo's commitment to hospices is in keeping with the recommendation of the National Forum on Health that private sector sponsorship is an important resource for communities.