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Ontario Needs Psychiatrists

Improving mental health care is an issue that has been routinely acknowledged as a priority in the Canadian health care system, and recent commitments to strengthening mental health services have reinforced the need for investment. Unfortunately, the issues within health care provider human resources has not been addressed alongside these service investments. In particular, the understaffing of psychiatrists – medical doctors who are uniquely qualified to assess, diagnose and deliver mental health services across the continuum of illness severity – severely impacts service delivery.

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