MOSCOW, 11 February. / TASS /. Large parliamentary hearings on the topic "Legislative support of palliative care in Russia" will be held on Monday in the Duma under the chairmanship of the president of the lower house Vyacheslav Volodin.

"Representatives, together with experts, representatives of civil society organizations and regions, will discuss proposals for amendments to the bill for palliative care," said the press service of the House of Representatives. One of the most important issues will be the implementation of the proposed standards. Representatives from more than 60 regions, palliative care specialists, hospice staff and volunteers will participate in the discussion. "Based on the results of the hearings, the relevant committees will summarize and prepare proposals to introduce possible amendments to the draft law at second reading," according to the press service of the State Duma.

Given the importance of the law, Volodin had previously proposed to consider the preparation of government regulations necessary for its implementation, stressing that their approval was "unacceptable to postpone". It would be right to "carry out their preparation simultaneously with the observance of the law", the speaker emphasized.

About the bill

The government bill passed at first reading extends the concept of "palliative care" and establishes that the patient is equal to pain relief, including heavy medication. The definition of palliative care & # 39; is becoming larger and more complex: in addition to direct medical intervention, it also includes the provision of psychological assistance to terminal patients and the provision of care.

All this must focus on improving the quality of life and the elimination of pain, relieving other serious manifestations of the disease and maintaining the body functions. The law on the basic principles of health protection is supplemented by the provision that the patient can count on pain relief, including narcotic and psychotropic drugs.

An important innovation concerns the possibility of providing palliative care at home and in a hospital stay. It also determines the right of terminally ill patients to receive free medication, not only in hospital facilities, as was previously the case, but also in a day room in the hospital, according to registration.

The Ministry of Health will determine the procedure for the provision of palliative care; hospitals can communicate with social service organizations, public associations and non-profit organizations.