OTTAWA, Sept. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - The Minister of Defence's statement today
that the mental health needs of military personnel are his number one
priority, accompanied by an announcement of more money and personnel to
strengthen mental health care delivery to Canadian soldiers, is
heartening says the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA).
Canadian psychiatrists applaud the Minister for his good judgement in
reversing a proposed $2.7 million cut which would have seen the
elimination of nine contracted physicians in nine of the Canadian
Force's (CF) largest mental health clinics.
CPA is encouraged by the announcement of an additional $11.4 million
dollars this year to provide mental health care to CF personnel. The
Minister has also indicated that this $11.4 million will be permanently
reallocated to the overall Canadian Forces Health Care budget.
"The Canadian Forces is right to take pride in its mental health program
which has been recognized by its NATO allies and civilian
organizations. But as the Minister says we can always do better and we
thank him for his current efforts." said Dr. Fiona McGregor, President
of the CPA. "Canadian psychiatrists look forward to continuing to
collaborate with the Department of National Defence and other
government departments to improve mental health care to Canadian
The Canadian Psychiatric Association is the national voice for Canada's
4,100 psychiatrists and more than 600 psychiatric residents. Founded in
1951, the CPA is dedicated to promoting an environment that fosters
excellence in the provision of clinical care, education and research.
SOURCE: Canadian Psychiatric Association
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