There is a crisis in family medicine.
Many family physicians are burnt out, many are reducing their clinical hours, retiring early, or leaving the profession altogether. Fewer medical students are choosing to enter family medicine at a time when close to five million people in Canada do not have a regular family physician, and many people cannot access the care they need when they need it.
The CFPC continues to engage with decision makers and offer solutions to ensure family physicians can provide better care, while restoring the “joy of practice.”
The CFPC is listening, and hearing what members, the public, and the media are saying about the crisis in family medicine and the urgent issues facing primary care and family medicine. Recently we sent open letters to our members, informing them about what we are doing. We are issuing position papers on important topics including administrative and locum support, burnout, workforce supply, and compensation, among others. And we are having our voice heard at decision-making tables to address these issues and needs as quickly as possible.