RENEWED CALLS FOR GOVERNMENTS TO WORK TOGETHER TO SOLVE NATIONAL HEALTHCARE CRISIS
Nov 04, 2022
By Bob Komsic
Groups representing physicians, nurses and other health providers are once more appealing to governments to band together to solve the healthcare crisis affecting Canadians.
The Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Nurses Association and HealthCareCAN – which represents groups and hospitals – are issuing a list of measures governments should take to fix the problem.
The ”prescription for hope” includes creating a pan-Canadian licensing model to allow doctors to work anywhere in the country, strengthening mental health and well-being supports for healthcare workers, helping internationally trained health professionals get licensed to fill vacancies, as well as introducing a national workforce planning strategy.
CMA President Dr. Alika Lafontaine says health systems across Canada are all facing similar challenges, and need to collaborate.
”Canadians are beginning to question if their health systems will be there when they need them,” adds Lafontaine.
”Health-care workers and patients are united in calling on governments to take the steps necessary to stabilize and rebuild our health systems to ensure their survival.”
The calls come ahead of a meeting of federal, provincial, territorial health ministers in Vancouver next week.