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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

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.

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.      

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