Over the next four years, Doctors of BC is expanding existing wellness support services with the help of $1 million in funding provided by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), Scotiabank, and MD Financial Management’s Physician Wellness+ Initiative. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to make a major impact on physicians in BC, with greater levels of stress, burnout, and other difficulties being reported by our members across the province, one result has been a 58% increase in doctors seeking support from the Physician Health Program (PHP) since 2019.
This additional funding will be used by Doctors of BC to augment programs already in operation, while developing innovative new initiatives to meet the needs of our members, both now and in the future. While many of the challenges doctors face are down to historical and/or systemic factors, it is important for the association to provide immediate supports to prevent burnout, alongside ongoing work in advocating for the necessary changes to systemic concerns.
Doctors of BC understands that wellness programs are not the sole method of ensuring our members are feeling supported, but these initiatives will hopefully meet some crucial needs vocalized by our membership. Through the development of these new programs in the short and medium term, members will have more options for support and help as we navigate an ever-changing, and increasingly challenging, healthcare landscape.
To read more about the programs, and the timelines, read Dr Matthew Chow’s latest President’s Letter. Please watch for further updates on the above announcements, as the programs continue to evolve.
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