Canadian Medical Association

Dear members,

Knowing that supplies of PPE continue to dwindle and in many cases run out, we’re continuing to push the government to get more supplies into the hands of frontline physicians as soon as possible. Today, we released results from our member survey on PPE, which make it even clearer why this situation must be rectified immediately.  

Recognizing that the levers to secure and ensure the effective distribution of PPE rest with government, we have requested to urgently meet with Health Minister Patty Hajdu to discuss how to get more supplies to the frontline. More action is clearly needed, such as: 

  • giving health providers in the community government contact information so they can re-order PPE;
  • better coordination and transparency between the federal and provincial/territorial governments to ensure supplies are making it to the frontline; and
  • ensuring hospital administrators have supply assurances from governments so they can fully deploy appropriate usage of PPE among their providers.

Please know we’re giving every effort possible to help address these shortages and I want to thank all the members who completed our survey, and gave us the hard facts and figures to show why all levels of government need to act now.

Supporting our members’ health and wellness 

As our members work under these incredibly challenging circumstances, we want to make sure they have access to wellness resources and support, should they need them. We recently published new information on recognizing the signs and preventing burnout during COVID-19. And as a reminder, if you are feeling distressed or need personal assistance, please touch base with your provincial physician health program.

Sharing a personal journey to support physicians in self-isolation

Knowing that many other physicians are in the same position, our president-elect is telling her story of being under quarantine, to help others feel supported as they self-isolate. Read the latest blog post from Dr. Collins.

As a reminder, please don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions or suggestions related to COVID-19. Our Member Service Centre can be reached at or toll-free at 1-888-855-2555 (weekdays from 8 am to 8 pm EDT).

Thank you for all that you do,
Dr. Sandy Buchman

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