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Joint statement from the Canadian Medical Forum on bullying, attacks, and violence against health workers

October 1, 2021

The Canadian Medical Forum brings together leaders of Canada’s major national medical and health organizations to discuss issues of priority to physicians, their patients, health care workers and the Canadian healthcare system.

As such, we condemn the repeated bullying, attacks, and violence directed at health care workers at the protests outside of numerous hospitals, acute care centres, and healthcare providers’ homes. Canadian health care workers are committed to caring for and treating patients, often under tremendous stress and at risk to their own health. They should not be targeted, traumatized, or harassed as they endeavor to save lives and care for the sick and injured.

The COVID-19 pandemic has killed thousands of Canadians and has brought our health care system to the edge of collapse. We all play a role in reducing the burden on our health care system and saving lives of our fellow Canadians. Getting vaccinated is the best hope we have to move forward.

Read the full statement: Joint statement from the Canadian Medical Forum on bullying, attacks, and violence against health workers

Déclaration commune du Forum médical canadien sur l'intimidation, les attaques et la violence à l'encontre des travailleurs de la santé

Truth and Reconciliation Statement

September 30, 2021

As members of the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC) and its Indigenous Committee, we are profoundly saddened by the discovery of the many unmarked graves containing the remains of Indigenous children at the sites of numerous residential schools across the country. We are reminded that we must all listen and acknowledge the truths of our colonial past and present. The SRPC strongly condemns the systemic racism in policy and decision-making that continues today as a direct result of our country’s colonial history. These policies have caused unquantifiable damage to Indigenous Peoples and continues to reverberate in our day-to-day work as rural and remote physicians. The SRPC believes our duty as healthcare providers is to identify legislation and health policies that lead to racially inequitable outcomes and challenge our current and future governments to move ahead on a path to truth and reconciliation.

Read the full statement : Truth_and_Reconciliation_Statement_FINAL.pdf

ELECTION 2021 STATEMENT

September 8, 2021

As we are weeks away from a federal election, the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC) calls on all politicians to answer rural and Indigenous populations’ demands to make access to health care a priority for people living in Canada’s rural and remote communities.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed our fragmented, overburdened health care system and its inability to adequately address inequities on access to health care in rural, remote, and Indigenous communities. These communities face unique challenges that must be managed effectively and collaboratively.

SRPC CALLS FOR ALL FEDERAL PARTIES TO ADDRESS INEQUITIES TO ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE IN RURAL CANADA

LA SMRC DEMANDE À TOUS LES PARTIS D’ABORDER LES INIQUITÉS D’ACCÈS AUX SOINS DE SANTÉ EN RÉGION RURALE AU CANADA

SRPC ENDORSEMENT: CAEP position statement on violence in the emergency department

September 1, 2021

Workplace violence occurs when a person is physically or verbally abused, threatened, intimidated, harassed or assaulted in her or his employment. In Canada, employees have the right to a safe work environment, and it is the duty of the employer to provide it.  Link to web article.

CAEP position statement on violence in the emergency department

SRPC Supports Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations for Health Care Workers

August 17, 2021 

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) issued a statement on August 3rd, 2021, calling for mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for all health care workers.  The Society of Rural Physicians of Canada supports this statement.  

SRPC Supports Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations for Health Care Workers


Canadian Medical Forum supports the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in Canada

February 2021

The Canadian Medical Forum brings together leaders of Canada’s major national medical organizations to discuss issues of priority to physicians, their patients, and the Canadian healthcare system. As such, we are writing today in support of Canada’s COVID-19 immunization program and to encourage Canadians to get vaccinated.

Canadian Medical Forum supports the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in Canada

Le Forum médical canadien accorde son appui aux vaccins contre la COVID-19 autorisés au Canada

For additional information on COVID-19 vaccines, please consult the Public Health Agency of Canada website.

Statement Regarding Rollout of COVID‐19 Vaccination to Rural Canada

For Immediate Release - January 25, 2021

The Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC) is concerned and disappointed by the lack of communication regarding the COVID-19 vaccination for long term care and health care workers in rural and remote Canada. Rural communities and the health care workers who serve them have had less access to vaccination compared with their urban colleagues.
 
Statement Regarding Rollout of COVID‐19 Vaccination to Rural Canada

If you would like more information regarding this topic, please contact the SRPC office at 1-877-276-1949 or info@srpc.ca

Choosing Wisely Canada Recommendations

SRPC releases 5 new Choosing Wisely Canada recommendations with an important focus on virtual care and reducing unnecessary medical travel.  Globally, this is the only known rural-focused Choosing Wisely recommendation list.

September 16, 2020

The Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC) established its Choosing Wisely Canada top 5 recommendations through collaboration with its internal members and with medical students of the STARS program (Students and Trainees Advocating for Resource Stewardship). The list started with brainstorming overuse topics in rural medicine based on the experiences of rural practitioners across Canada. Over several months the list was refined based on feedback received from SRPC members, a peer-review process, and a review of relevant scholarly research. A preliminary list was shared at the SRPC Annual General Meeting in May 2020, from which a final list was established.    

Five Things Clinicians and Patients Should Question

Rural Emergency Departments & COVID19

Press Release - March 21, 2020.

The Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) & the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC)
Press Release: Rural Emergency Departments & COVID19 

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Christina Bova at 613-523-3343 x17 (office), or email at cbova@caep.ca

Joint SRPC-IPAC-CFPC statement on Indigenous Health

News Release  -   October 16, 2019

Here is a joint release from the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada and the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada. The release highlights the lack of attention paid to the health of Indigenous people of Canada during the current election period. It calls on all parties to address the systemic challenges resulting in poor health outcomes for this population.

News Release re Indigenous health in Canada requires stronger commitment ENG (Oct 16 19).pdf

Dr. Paul Sawchuk
President
College of Family Physicians of Canada
 
Dr. Margaret Tromp
President
Society of Rural Physicians of Canada
 
Dr. Nel Wieman
President
Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada

CALL FOR ACCESS TO RURAL HEALTH CARE CLOSE TO HOME

News Release  -  September 25, 2019

National Leading Health and Education Organizations Calling for Improved Access to Rural Health Care Close to Home as a Priority for Canada
Joint Statement

CFPC SRPC JOINT STATEMENT


News Release  -  September 19, 2019

OTTAWA –  As we are weeks away from a federal election, the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SPRC) is calling on all politicians to answer to rural and Indigenous populations to making access to health care close to home a priority for Canadians living in rural communities.

SRPC Press Release


Rural Road Map Implementation Committee (RRMIC)

Aug 21, 2019
Progress Made in the Rural Road Map Implementation

Emerging Rural Health Care - The Time to Act is Now.


The Rural Road Map Implementation Committee (RRMIC) has made significant progress raising awareness across Canada
about the need for improved access to rural health care close to home, as highlighted in the attached update. Emerging
collaborative efforts have been made with the RRMIC and allied organizations.
Read the full update below.

August 2019 RRMIC UPDATE

April 2019 RRMIC UPDATE


June 2018

June 6, 2018 - PICTON, ON

Regulatory College to Limit Doctors for Rural Ontario


SRPC / CFPC / OCFP
Joint Statement response to the CPSO

June 06, 2018 - The SRPC released the following joint statement with the CFPC and OCFP today

REVISED - CPSO policy

(Revised Issued June 18, 2018)

SRPC/CFPC/OCFP Joint Statement

June 12, 2018 - CAEP issued a press release and a statement expressing concern about the CPSO Policy "Expectations Physicians not Certified in Emergency Medicine Intending to Include Emergency Medicine as a Part of their Rural Practice Changing Scope of Practice Process."  The SRPC supports this statement and looks forward to continued collaboration with CAEP to ensure that rural Canadians receive optimal emergency care.

CAEP Statement

Margaret Tromp
SRPC President

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