Death of Andrée Simard: a situation that “could have arisen in many establishments”

Death of Andrée Simard: a situation which «could have arisen in many institutions»

Andrée Simard, wife of Robert Bourassa. Undetermined date between 1970 and 1990.

As Michelle Bourassa revealed this week, in a letter addressed to La Presse, that her mother Andrée Simard had been deprived of adequate palliative care at the end of her life, the Quebec Society of Palliative Care Physicians (SQMDSP) rebounds on the case and underlines the importance of “reflecting on access to palliative care , its barriers and its challenges”.

In a press release issued this Sunday, January 22, the SQMDSP calls on political decision-makers to work together with trainers and stakeholders to improve the quality of end-of-care care. life offered to Quebecers.

According to the group of doctors, tragic situations, similar to that experienced by the widow of former Prime Minister Robert Bourassa, “could have arisen in many establishments in Quebec”.

Each of these situations is a source of deep sadness for us

The Quebec Society of Palliative Care Physicians (SQMDSP)

< p>“As stakeholders in the network, we witness, day after day, the flaws in our health care system and the many pitfalls that prevent us from providing the best care possible,” says the company.

In this plea for an end of life with dignity, the SQMDSP reiterated its vision as well as its objectives regarding the issue of medical support for dying patients: to promote quality and accessible palliative care throughout the province.

Recall that Andrée Simard died on November 29, 2022 at St. Mary's Hospital Center, at the age of 90, after several days of suffering.

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