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Canada's health care providers urge premiers to ensure health care remains a priority

OTTAWA, ON, June 5, 2023 /CNW/ - As Canadians continue to struggle to access health care in a timely fashion, organizations representing physicians, nurses and hospitals across the country are calling on all premiers to ensure health system reform is on the agenda at their meetings next month in Winnipeg, Man.

We have seen positive movement recently. The federal government has increased funding for health care. Many provinces have agreed in principle to work with their federal counterparts, developing action plans to improve access to health care while remaining accountable to Canadians.

Consistent, focused action from the federal, provincial and territorial governments is the only way to tackle the many ongoing crises still facing our health systems:

  • It is estimated that 4.7 to 6 million Canadians do not have a primary care provider.
  • Emergency departments across Canada continue to struggle due to overwhelming demand and a shortage of health care professionals.
  • Wait times for surgeries and diagnostic tests are far too long.
  • Health care providers who have worked to provide timely care through the pandemic remain on the job, but they are burned out and continue to struggle because of a shortage of resources and immense workloads, including unnecessary administrative tasks that take away from patient care responsibilities.

Governments must continue to collaborate with each other and with providers, patients and other stakeholders to stabilize and reform our health systems.

Although many key topics will certainly be addressed when the premiers meet in Winnipeg on July 10-12, we urge them to ensure health care remains a top priority on their agenda. This is an opportunity for governments to demonstrate to Canadians that they can work together to make meaningful and transformative changes to the way health care is delivered across the country. The need for change has never been greater.

This call to action is co-signed by the following organizations:

  • Alberta Medical Association
  • Medical Society of Prince Edward Island 
  • Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions
  • New Brunswick Medical Society
  • Canadian Nurses Association
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association
  • Doctors of BC
  • Northwest Territories Medical Association
  • Doctors Manitoba
  • Ontario Medical Association
  • Fédération des médecins omnipraticiens du Québec
  • Saskatchewan Medical Association
  • Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec
  • Yukon Medical Association
To schedule an interview or for further information, please contact:

Canadian Medical Association:

Elena Gabrysz, 514-839-7296

Eric Lewis, 506-566-1671

Medical Society of Prince Edward Island:

Sheila Kerry, 902-368-7303 ext. 108

Alberta Medical Association:

Shan Rupnarain, 780-482-0322 | 780-907-9003

New Brunswick Medical Society:

Nora Lacey, 506-462-4671 | 506-461-2747

Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions:

Adella Khan, 613-807-2942

Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association:

Jonathan Carpenter 709-691-0928

Canadian Nurses Association:

Amber Morley, 613-237-2133 ext. 310 | 613-282-7859  

Northwest Territories Medical Association:

Dr. Kate Breen, 506-457-8655

Doctors of BC:

Sharon Shore, 604-638-2832

Ontario Medical Association:

Leslie Shepherd, 647-300-1753

Doctors Manitoba:

Keir Johnson, 204-985-5840 | 204-293-2056

Saskatchewan Medical Association:

Girard Hengen, 306-657-4596

Fédération des médecins omnipraticiens du Québec:

Laurent Paul Ménard, 514-318-6562

Yukon Medical Association:

Katrina Fillmore, 867-333-3694

Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec 

Anne-Louise Chauvette, 514-799-3863

About the CMA

The Canadian Medical Association leads a national movement of physicians who believe in a better future of health. Our ambition is a sustainable, accessible health system where patients are partners, a culture of medicine that elevates equity, diversity and well-being, and supportive communities where everyone has the chance to be healthy. We drive change through advocacy, giving and knowledge sharing – guided by values of collaboration and inclusion

SOURCE Canadian Medical Association

By: PR Newswire Association LLC. - 05 Jun 2023
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