Canada’s doctors award governments a D grade for workforce planning

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 01 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2823
  1. Barbara Kermode-Scott
  1. 1Toronto

    Canada urgently needs more family doctors, says the College of Family Physicians of Canada, which represents 21 500 family doctors across the nation. The college is calling on Canada’s national and provincial governments to work together to develop a stronger workforce of family doctors.

    A new report released by the college on 27 November indicates that about 4.6 million Canadians or 14% of the population do not have a family doctor.

    “This isn’t good enough,” said Calvin Gutkin, executive director and chief executive officer of the college. “We must take the necessary steps today so that Canadians have access to the family doctors they need tomorrow. That requires a national approach through collaborative …

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