Leading children’s health organizations across Canada are calling on federal and provincial governments to work together to address what they call a longstanding crisis.
in a joint statement Children’s Healthcare Canada, Canadian Association of Pediatric Nurses, and Canadian Academy of Pediatrics He urged local governments to convene the first ministerial meeting to cooperate on the “restabilization” plan.
The call to action by the three organizations followed an editorial sent to CTV News. The editorial, authored by the Quebec Pediatrics Commission, accused the situation of being at a “confluence of factors”.
“Some have to do with ignoring children’s needs, while others have to do with deliberate decisions to keep medical resources away from children,” the editorial said.
Canada’s latest ranking UNICEF report card on child and youth well-being 30 out of 38 countries.
According to the group, there is now a need to focus not only on current problems occurring in overcrowded pediatric emergency rooms across the country, but also on permanent solutions to the lives of children.
Ann Monique Newit, M.D., chief of pediatrics at St. Justin’s Hospital, said there is a “severe lack of networks of beds, pediatricians and health care providers outside of university hospitals.”
“That’s one of the things that’s become vulnerable during the pandemic and over the years,” she said, adding that even hospitals are running short of specialists, such as nurses, respiratory therapists and nutritionists. I added that I am.
“It takes really specialized special skills to care for [children]…it’s a special job and I think our children deserve our care. They are our future,” he said Nuyt.
Also, evaluation and treatment must be timely, said Nuyt’s representative at Children’s Hospital of Montreal.
“Childhood is a critical time in everyone’s life. It’s a critical time of development, and any delay in essential health services can have lifelong consequences,” said Dr. Bethany Foster. I’m here.
Lack of Access to Family Physicians
Nuyt explained that in certain parts of the state, especially Montreal, there is a shortage of family doctors, which affects children aged 0 to 5 more than those over the age of 15.
“These are important years for growth and developmental milestones,” she said, adding that the Quebec Ministry of Health’s recent plan to shift the care of healthy children from pediatricians to general practitioners will help them get the regular care they need. If you get tested properly, you should be fine.
“For anyone to know if a child is in good health, they need regular check-ups to make sure they are doing well,” the pediatrician said. I was.
Access to primary care is one of the most basic priorities listed by pediatric organizations. Other priorities are:
- Develop a workforce strategy that focuses on the professional skills and experience needed to care for children and young people
- Build a child and youth health data strategy
- Increase home care and pediatric rest support for children with complex medical conditions
- Building capacity for early intervention and community-based mental health services – creating a list of critical medicines for children in Canada