As physicians, medical learners and other health professionals gather in Montreal for the 7th Canadian Conference on Physician Health, the CMA recognizes just how important this issue is at this moment in time. Cultural, physical and psychological safety is at the core of the discussion and the CMA is actively developing an action plan to promote a healthy and safe working environment for providers and patients.
When thinking about cultural, physical and psychological safety, the situation in the Middle East is at the forefront of our thoughts. The tensions in Canada and around the world as a result of the Hamas-Israel conflict resonate deeply with our national medical community.
Too many physicians and health professionals are feeling increasingly unsafe, with some under direct threats. The Hamas-Israel conflict is causing significant tensions for Jewish and Palestinian physicians, with many experiencing antisemitism, racism, Islamophobia and other forms of aggression.
The CMA condemns all forms of racism, antisemitism and Islamophobia. They have no place in medicine, health care or Canadian society. Physicians and other health care providers must be able to practise in a safe setting, free from fear, abuse and harassment.
The CMA has resources to help health professionals who are struggling with their well-being in the light of international current affairs. We encourage anyone who needs a hand to reach out or consult our Physician Wellness Hub.
Dr. Kathleen Ross
President, Canadian Medical Association