Call inquiry into Canada’s COVID-19 response, medical journal urges – CTV

July 24, 2023

A new series published in the BMJ medical journal is calling for an independent inquiry into Canada’s COVID-19 response.

Experts from 13 organizations across Canada, including doctors, nurses, researchers, law and humanitarian specialists, along with Jocalyn Clark, a Canadian who is the BMJ’s international editor, wrote the seven articles published late Monday.

“We see this as the next step in the pandemic,” said Dr. Sharon Straus, physician-in-chief at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and one of the senior authors of the “Accountability for Canada’s COVID-19 Response” series.

“This is the start of preparing for the next emergency,” she said.

The articles identify shortfalls in Canada’s COVID-19 response, including difficulty reaching vulnerable and marginalized populations who were most at risk, the catastrophic deaths in long-term care homes and inconsistent public health messages across provinces and territories.

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