Letter from Nurse Practioner, Anne Edger, to MPP Glen Murray
April 9, 2013
To: Honorary Glen Murray, MPP for Toronto Centre
I am writing on behalf of members of Health Providers Against Poverty (HPAP) and Street Nurses Network (SNN), two organizations committed to addressing issues of people living in poverty. We are alarmed and deeply concerned at the news that Perram House is closing.
Many of us have come to know well the excellent end of life care that Perram House has set up to do in the past eight years for the most marginalized and low-income individuals in downtown Toronto.
Personally, I recall when the search for a palliative care, home hospice facility and concept was being elaborated nearly ten years ago as so many of our patients would have no place to go in their dying days; the search for a place that provided dignity, compassion and an understanding of such a population’s challenges. Over the years, Perram House filled that void. I have been at the bedside of dying patients or visited them as they sat on the terrasse when they still could. They were at peace when they reached Perram House and knowing that our patients were provided with excellent end of life care in such a wonderful facility was truly a blessing.
If Perram house closes, this would represent a huge loss for the most vulnerable and marginalized members of our society. Already shunned throughout their lives, our patients would continue to face stigma, isolation, pain and fear. No one deserves this. Loosing Perram House is unthinkable and such a facility is essential in Toronto and its varied populations.
We strongly hope that the labour situation is dealt with in a fair and equitable manner and Perram House can continue to do its excellent work.
Anne Egger, RNEC
Nurse Practitioner, Member of Health Providers Against Poverty and Street Nurses Network
Perram House Hospice Closing Wednesday; Staff Got Two Days Notice
The Toronto Star - April 10, 2013