White Book for the worldwide promotion of palliative care
The Pontifical Academy for Life presented on Ascension day, Thursday 30 Mai in Berlin the "PAL-LIFE - White Book for the worldwide promotion of palliative care". The Vatican provides important recommendations in the book on how each social group can contribute to palliative care. PAL-LIFE has been developed by international palliative care experts. Among the experts: Thomas Sitte, CEO of the German Palliative Foundation whom you might recognise as speaker at several SIP meetings.
During a press conference in the Apostolic Nunciature in Berlin, Sitte referred to the great value of the White Paper: "It should and can form a practical basis for all institutions that are involved in health care in some form." The White Paper offers assistance to draw up much-needed recommendations. Governments and health care providers could use PAL-LIFE as a basic strategies checklist to reduce concerns for suffering patients and their loved ones.
Sitte: "PAL-LIFE is a building block for disseminating necessary and well-founded knowledge. So we can calmly and factually explain that we do not need businesslike aid for suicide in Germany in order to alleviate suffering."