A short post today. There's an interesting article in the Toronto Star about the inability of newly graduated medical specialists to find work in Canada and at noon the paper hosted an online live-chat about the issue. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada ("the RCPSC") has been studying the issue for the past two years and is set to release a report on the matter in the next month or so. This isn't an issue that has gotten much attention, but I suspect it will going forward given that doctors are a key profession in Canadian society.
The problems behind un(der)employment for physicians is complex and it has been suggested that the problem lies with poor (perhaps non-existent) workforce planning, the fact that doctors aren't employee rather independent contractors, the end of mandatory retirement, a systemic conflict of interest where senior doctors control hiring, the imposition of neoliberal austerity budgets, and the lack of appropriate government regulation in the medical sector. The issue was recently addressed in a comprehensive op-ed piece appearing on healthydebate.ca and it provides a good primer on the issue for the uninitiated.
If you want to learn more the RCPSC has a brief note posted on their website addressing the issues; furthermore, take a look at these articles, see: here, here, and here. Next month once the RCPSC report is release I'll post a follow-up to this piece and delve into the issue a bit deeper. Finally, just because I like taking swipes at the systemic racism present in Canada's labour market, here's a short poignant clip, see: