FOR DELTA RESIDENTS ONLY
Delta Hospice Membership Drive Urgently Needs our Support!
Become a member now: https://takebackdeltahospice.ca/membership/
The good news is that Take Back Delta Hospice has won the right to have all applicants for membership approved by the DHS Society Board in the Supreme Court of British Columbia and had their win upheld in the British Columbia Court of Appeal. The current board doesn't want to approve any members who do not agree with their narrow view of palliative care and they think it's acceptable to keep people who believe in choice from having their voices heard.
But we have to make sure people know that winning in court alone doesn't save critical services to Delta Residents. Only the members can replace the current board of Directors with a group who will place the care and choice of patients as their first priority.
Now the current board is applying to the Supreme Court of Canada on the issues they have already lost - twice! We watch with dismay as more of the Society's assets are diverted to pay for litigation on top of the $1.4 million annual hit to their bottom line when they refused to comply with the Provincial Health orders to provide Medical Assistance in Dying. In their membership drive with their North American wide anti-choice networks, they conveniently ignore the fact that they've already lost the battle of preventing citizens from accessing MAID in their local hospice. The Fraser Health Authority is taking over palliative care in Delta this February to ensure the funds they provide go only towards the standard of care provided for in provincial health policy. Because of this breakdown in the relationship between Fraser Health Authority and the current Hospice board, we have no way to know if palliative care will continue to be offered in the Hospice building which was funded by the community's own donations.
But what we must do now is to come together to stop from losing even more! We ask that you sign up today so that as a member you can vote to replace this current board with new directors committed to saving the services in the Supportive Care Centre.
The Supportive Care Centre is located in a separate building on the same land leased from Fraser Health Authority and the services are funded only through community donations and fundraising. If the current board continues to squander its assets and damage the relationship with their landlord, children, adults and seniors could lose access to grief and bereavement counselling and patients in palliative care would no longer have the support of our wonderfully trained and compassionate counsellors and volunteers. We need to have enough members to vote this board of directors out and replace them with a board of directors that will rebuild good will with Fraser Health and the Province, stop the hemorrhaging of the Society's assets by litigating with its own membership and focus on ensuring the financial viability of the Supportive Care Centre.
If you live, work or play in Delta or care about Hospice and choice in end-of-life care, we welcome your support. Sign up today and share the link with your family friends and networks: https://takebackdeltahospice.ca/membership/
Together, we can Take Back Delta Hospice to ensure this critical care for our community.
For any questions contact the Union Office.