Pri­va­tize fed­eral PPE stock­pile: Med group

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The Cana­dian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion said a $300-mil­lion emer­gency stock­pile of pan­demic sup­plies should be pri­va­tized or run on a com­mer­cial ba­sis by a Crown cor­po­ra­tion.

Doc­tors blamed mis­man­age­ment of the stock­pile on the Public Health Agency, ac­cord­ing to Black­lock’s Re­porter.

“The pref­er­ence would be a Crown cor­po­ra­tion,” said Ot­tawa Dr. Scott Laing, au­thor of the com­men­tary Canada’s Na­tional Emer­gency Stock­pile Sys­tem: Time for a New LongTerm Strat­egy. “Not-for-profit is in­cluded here as an al­ter­na­tive and less de­sir­able op­tion should a Crown cor­po­ra­tion not be fea­si­ble.”

Au­di­tors wrote: “In many ways, the Emer­gency Stock­pile Sys­tem is an in­sur­ance pol­icy. No one ever wants to draw from that in­sur­ance pol­icy be­cause that would mean an un­de­sir­able event has hap­pened and many peo­ple are af­fected.”

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