Media advisory - CMA to appear before Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying

OTTAWA, Jan. 26, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadian Medical Association (CMA) President Dr. Cindy Forbes will be in Ottawa tomorrow (Jan. 27) to present the association's Principles-based Recommendations for a Canadian Approach to Assisted Dying to the House-Senate Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying.

Dr. Forbes and Dr. Jeff Blackmer, Vice-president of Medical Professionalism at the CMA, will brief the committee on the physician and patient perspectives concerning the need for a pan-Canadian approach to physician-assisted dying, including a federal legislative response.

The Special Joint Committee was appointed to make recommendations to Parliament on the framework for the federal response on physician-assisted dying by Feb. 26.

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is the national voice of Canadian physicians. Founded in 1867, the CMA is a voluntary professional organization representing more than 80,000 of Canada's physicians and comprising 12 provincial and territorial medical associations and 60 national medical organizations. CMA's mission is helping physicians care for patients. The CMA will be the leader in engaging and serving physicians and be the national voice for the highest standards for health and health care.


SOURCE Canadian Medical Association

For further information: To schedule an interview or for further information, please contact: CMA Media Relations:, 613-806-1865


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