Statement by Dr. Cindy Forbes, President of the Canadian Medical Association

OTTAWA, Oct. 19, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) strongly supports the resolution adopted by the World Medical Association (WMA) calling for an independent investigation into the bombing of the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan on October 3, 2015.

The CMA decries this tragedy, which saw 12 MSF staff members and 10 patients killed and more than three dozen others wounded. Our thoughts are with the dedicated health care providers and their patients who were victims of this unspeakable tragedy.

As we think of the families and others affected by these terrible events, the CMA stands with Dr. Wendy Lai, Member of the Board of Directors at MSF-Canada, who raised the need for awareness and support at the WMA meeting in Moscow this weekend. The CMA echoes her call to all medical authorities to preserve "the principles of the humanitarian medical mission and to remind the world that 'even war has rules.'"

The doctors of Canada hope that the American and Afghan governments will agree to the MSF request to have the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission immediately lead the independent investigation into this tragedy.

Dr. Cindy Forbes
President, Canadian Medical Association

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

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