Canadian Medical Association urges federal government to protect health-care workers | #socialmedia

By Canadian Press

Nov 18, 2021 | 10:37 AM

OTTAWA — The Canadian Medical Association is asking the federal government to fulfil its promise to support health-care employees amid continuing online harassment of physicians and other workers.

The medical association is also calling on social media companies to address harassment and threats made on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Association president Dr. Katharine Smart says in a statement that health professionals have advocated for the public’s well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic, and they are at risk of being silenced by “harmful, hateful and bullying behaviour.”

The association says that along with legislation and “responsible management” of social media platforms, the public’s help is also needed to ensure the safety of health-care workers.

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