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Ontario Medical Association president is ready to work with government officials to improve health sector

The OMA has come up with it's 'Prescription for Ontario', a five point plan to help improve the healthcare system in the province. 
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The president of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) is eager to find out who Ontario Premier Doug Ford names as the province's new health minister. 

Dr. Rose Zacharias, the president of the OMA, told The Rob Snow Show with guest host Derick Fage on Tuesday, June 21, that she, and the association she represents, are ready to sit down and work with government officials in hopes of finding solutions to address the issues affecting the healthcare system. 

The ongoing shortage of doctors and nurses due to factors including burnout has led the OMA to come up with it's 'Prescription for Ontario', a five point plan to help improve the healthcare system in Ontario. 

The five point plan includes:

  • Reducing wait times and the backlog of services
  • Expanding mental health and addiction services in the community
  • Improving and expand home care and other community care
  • Strengthening public health and pandemic preparedness
  • Giving every patient a team of health care providers and link them digitally

"We know we can do better," said Dr. Zacharias. "It's about we can get leaders into one room and work on solutions."

She noted that in Ottawa alone, there are 158 positions to be filled in the medical field. 

"Doctors and nurses are emotionally exhausted," she added. 

More information on OMA's plan can be found here

Listen to the full interview with Dr. Rose Zacharias below:

 

 





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Anil Jhalli is CityNews Ottawa's digital editor
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