Canada is currently facing a health crisis on a scale not seen in our lifetime. As such, there is and will continue to be an urgent need for underutilized healthcare workers to join the efforts on the front lines of hospitals across the country. This is a need that will persist, whether it is with subsequent waves of COVID-19 or pandemic preparedness for the future.
In New York alone, more than 52,000 health professionals have joined the state’s surge healthcare force, declaring their ability and desire to help during the crisis after being called on by Governor Cuomo. In Canada, we have started to see response as provincial governments have started to put out the call. Quebec has set up an email address for anyone with healthcare experience to contact – they received roughly 10,000 responses.