Safe, high-quality care for patients is tied to safe, high-quality work for health workers. Although COVID-19 has heightened our concerns, many health workforce planning issues predate the pandemic. Without essential health workforce data, we will continue to make decisions in the dark, with incomplete, misleading and non-standardized information that is disconnected from the real-world experience of those at the point of care. The result is inadequate planning for population needs, inefficient deployment of health workers, persistent maldistribution of services, and a perpetuation of current inequities.
Join the call on the Government of Canada to support health workers by making significant and immediate investments to enhance the data infrastructure that provinces, territories, regions and training programs need to better plan for and support the health workforce.
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