Every physician should feel safe and protected in delivering the care that British Columbians value. We know that the vast majority of British Columbians value their relationship with their family physician. However, there has been an increase in physicians being subject to harassment, abusive language and intimidation during the currently tense environment caused by the pandemic.

To support doctors and remind BC patients that we all deserve respect, Doctors of BC, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia, the Physician Health Program, and the Canadian Medical Protective Association have partnered to develop physician resources, including a downloadable poster reminding patients that verbally abusive or aggressive behaviour is not acceptable and that anyone demonstrating this behaviour may be asked to leave. The poster and more safety resources are available here.

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