As issues and new measures emerge in an effort to manage the spread of COVID-19, we remain committed to keeping you up to date on our work, relevant information and providing much needed resources for you, your practice and your patients.
Our goal is to support you through this in any way we can. These are complicated times and things are changing hour by hour, so we have committed to keeping you informed on a regular basis.
What CMA is doing to support priority issues and measures to curb the spread of COVID-19:
- We urge governments to take action on key priorities to better support health care workers, and the health of Canadians. We have submitted a detailed brief to the Federal Government and continue active discussion on matters including:
- uniformly implementing social distancing, paired with supportive financial and economic measures;
- ensuring the supply and guidelines for proper use of personal protective equipment;
- emergency funding to boost capacity of our health care systems and social supports;
- establishing emergency pan-Canadian licensure for health care workers;
- establishing an emergency National Mental Health Support Service for health care workers; and
- implementing a targeted tax credit to alleviate impacts experienced by health care providers if they are quarantined following patient care.
- We urge all employers to discontinue the requirement for sick notes during COVID-19, and we are seeing significant adoption of this recommendation.
- We are adding your voice to public health messaging, compelling all Canadians to adhere to social distancing, self-isolation and personal hygiene measures while also directing them to credible public health sources.
The CMA remains in active discussion with the government and partners to support you on all these fronts.
Due to the recent federal public health advisory, we are urging all physicians to avoid all non-essential international travel – not only is it a risk to you and your family, but you will be required to self-isolate for 14-days when you return.
Taking care of yourself and each other
In addition to the stress and uncertainty that all citizens face right now, physicians and health care teams are on the frontlines. We know from experience the toll our pandemic situation may take on you.
If you are feeling distressed or need personal assistance, please reach out to your provincial physician health program (PHP) ― our list, along with how to get in touch with them is here.
Keeping up with the constant flow of information can be overwhelming, especially with accelerated news delivered through social media. To limit the noise, we compiled a few sources of reliable and evidence-based information for providers and the public.
Our physician health and wellness lead, Dr. Caroline Gerin-Lajoie, collaborated with UOttawa’s Emergency Medicine Department to develop a blog to help you manage stress and anxiety. Please take a few moments to read it.
Please know that you have the full support of your membership organization. We are committed to supporting you through this pandemic, and always, if you have suggestions on just how we might do that, please contact our Member Service Centre with any questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org or toll-free at 1-888-855-2555 (weekdays from 8 am to 8 pm ET).
Thank you for your dedication and commitment to patients at this critical time. It is times like this where the true professionalism of physicians shines through.
Dr. Sandy Buchman