Saskatchewan Examiner

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

After ‘strains’ of COVID-19 pandemic, Saskatchewan doctors plan to limit clinical hours

After 'strains' of COVID-19 outbreak in Saskatchewan, doctors plan to restrict clinical hours.

Key Takeaways:

  • The SMA conducted an online survey in February that got roughly 400 responses from its members.
  • The poll found that 74% of respondents said their medical practise was less enjoyable than usual.

According to most doctors who answered a poll, their mental health has deteriorated.

As per the Saskatchewan Medical Association, this is the case (SMA). In February, the SMA conducted an online survey that received nearly 400 replies from its members, according to the organization.

According to the SMA, nearly 49% of people stated their mental health was worse than it was before the epidemic, and 17% said it was substantially worse.

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According to the SMA, 30% of respondents indicated it was approximately the same.

“We require healthy doctors to care for our patients. As a result, these issues are critical to resolving. We will do everything possible to work with all stakeholders to see what we can do to mitigate the impact,” SMA president Dr. Eben Strydom told CTV News on Wednesday.

“I think the number of people who are battling with mental health is staggering, the number of physicians who feel they need to reduce their working hours to recoup, the number of doctors who have decided to retire in the next couple of years, you know — we have issues,” she says.

Seventy-six percent of doctors polled claimed “a lack of physician’s voice in the pandemic response” is their top concern.

After 'strains' of COVID-19 outbreak in Saskatchewan, doctors plan to restrict clinical hours.
After ‘strains’ of COVID-19 outbreak in Saskatchewan, doctors plan to restrict clinical hours. Image from from Reuters

“There were a few times when navigating through this (pandemic) was tough, and there were differences of opinion (in government decision-making) on how to effectively manage the issue at the moment.” “This caused a great deal of strife and hardship,” Strydom continued.

According to the survey, 74% of respondents thought their medical practice was less enjoyable than usual. Over the next two years, 54% of doctors who replied aim to cut their clinical hours. Nineteen percent stated they would retire in the next two years.

The results of the in-house poll, according to Strydom, illustrate how the “length and durability of the epidemic” has altered medical practice in Saskatchewan.

Source: CTV News

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