TORONTO, Dec. 23 /CNW/ - Ontario's doctors welcome the government's
release of Respect, Recovery, Resilience: Recommendations for Ontario's Mental
Health and Addictions Strategy, and look forward to reviewing the report in detail. The Expert
Advisory Panel and the All-Party Select Committee are to be commended
for the extensive work and consultation process that has been
undertaken in order to develop a broad range of recommendations.
Ontario's doctors are eager to get down to business with a
comprehensive plan to help patients access the care they need and
"Patients with mental illness or addictions and their families have been
calling for improvements for far too long," said Dr. Mark MacLeod,
President of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA). "With a decade of
research already completed, it's time to take action to ensure that
patients have timely access to quality care."
The OMA shares many of the same concerns outlined in the report; the
existing lack of service integration and access to appropriate
treatment and counselling services need serious attention. More needs
to be done to ensure there's a program in place to allow for a
collaborative approach to coordinate their care.
"For patients living with mental illness and addiction, time is crucial.
We have to identify and implement the best methods to reduce wait times
for patients requiring specialized psychiatric care to ensure that they
receive the care they so urgently need."
Dr. Desi Brownstone, Chair, OMA Section of Psychiatry
"Patients deserve a coordinated effort to give them the opportunity to
live fulfilling lives which goes beyond the boundaries of medicine. We
need to do a better job of providing social supports such as housing
and employment for our patients. This will go a long way in addressing
the well-being of patients in Ontario. This is important for all
patients, but particularly applies to patients with mental illness,
where a collaborative approach within and beyond medicine will better
meet their needs."
Dr. Ross Male, Chair, OMA Section of General and Family Practice
"Children and young adults suffering from mental illness and addictions
are falling through the cracks of the health care system. We need to
ensure our children have timely access to the care they need which is
close to home and coordinated by their community paediatrician, to help
manage their illness and their lives. We need to work together to
implement a strategy that addresses the gaps in patient care, that
children and their families face every day."
Dr. Hirotaka Yamashiro, Chair, Pediatrics Section, OMA
SOURCE Ontario Medical Association
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