Health: associations call for an end to “competence disputes”

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Healthcare: associations call for an end to “jurisdiction disputes”

Canadian Medical Association President Alika Lafontaine says that all health care systems across the country face similar challenges.

The National Associations of Physicians, Nurses and Health Care Organizations in Canada call on governments to work together, beyond “jurisdictional disputes”, to resolve the crisis across the country.

The Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Nurses Association and HealthCareCAN, which represents healthcare organizations and hospitals, have released a joint list of actions that governments should take, together, to heal the country's health system.

The coalition urges governments to set aside partisan rhetoric and jurisdictional disputes and set common priorities to address a crisis that similarly affects all Canadians.


The prescription of hope prescribed Friday by the coalition provides in particular for the establishment of a pan-Canadian practice permit, to allow doctors to treat patients where they are most needed, and strengthening mental health and wellness supports for healthcare workers.

The coalition also proposes to help foreign-trained professionals obtain licensure to fill vacancies, and to develop a national health human resource planning strategy. .

Canadian Medical Association President Alika Lafontaine says healthcare systems across the country are facing similar challenges, and it's time to collaborate, communicate and act. in a coordinated way to address these common challenges.

Canadians are beginning to wonder if their health care system will be there when they need it, Dr. Lafontaine wrote in a statement.< /p>

“Healthcare workers and patients urge governments to take action to stabilize and rebuild our systems health and ensure their survival. »

— Alika Lafontaine, President of the Canadian Medical Association

Canadian Nurses Association President Sylvain Brousseau said that the Nursing shortages and other workforce issues are having a serious impact on the healthcare system. According to him, we must adopt a pan-Canadian approach and obtain the cooperation of all levels of government to introduce structural reforms.

Canada's health care system is no longer meeting the needs of the population and no longer functioning as it should, said Brousseau. People no longer trust the health care system and fear not having access to essential services when they need them.

These calls come before the federal-provincial conference of ministers of Health next week in Vancouver. The meeting comes at a time when the healthcare system is facing unprecedented challenges, with ad hoc emergency department closures and staffing shortages across the country.

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