According to Dr. Katharine Smart, president of the Canadian Medical Association, it is a situation that has become “unsustainable”. 

 “What we’re really seeing is just the entire system is under incredible strain. And the result of that is Canadians really struggling to get the care they need in a timely way.”

Across Canada, health-care systems are facing overwhelming pressures as a result of what is being called a “perfect storm”. 

In addition to ongoing issues with COVID-19 pandemic restrictions in health services over the last two-and-a-half years, many health workers are now reducing their hours, retiring early, leaving the public system for private clinics, or simply resigning from their jobs. Health systems across Canada are now seeing an unprecedented shortage of health-care practitioners, causing an even bigger strain to an overwhelmed system.

Emergency departments, in particular, are bearing the brunt of the many issues plaguing Canada’s depleted health system, with many ERs across Canada having to close intermittently or reduce health services in recent months. 

Provincial and territorial premiers have been collectively calling on Ottawa to increase the amount of funding the federal government sends in yearly health transfers, but to no avail.

With no obvious end in sight, it’s time for the provincial governments across Canada to take action and prioritize our healthcare professionals, one the most important pillars of our country.

We’re here for you. We’ll get through this.

We got this,

- the formation team

August 25, 2022 — Stephanie Ahlborn