Canada's Doctors to Canada's Health Minsters: "Put the needs of patients first"

HALIFAX, Nov. 24, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is urging Canada's federal, provincial and territorial health ministers to use the occasion of their meeting today and tomorrow in Halifax to agree on common principles and direction for transforming the health care system so that it is centred on the needs of patients.

The CMA and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) together have defined a set of principles ( to guide health care transformation in Canada. To date, the principles have been endorsed by over 60 organizations. The goal of the CMA and CNA is to have these principles guide discussions at the provincial/territorial and federal levels leading to the signing of a new health care accord between governments.

"Today, provincial and territorial health ministers pointed out that they face common challenges in modernizing the health care system so that it is effective and responsive to the needs of patients," said Dr. John Haggie, CMA President. "The journey toward addressing those challenges and transforming our system must begin with our political leaders agreeing on a common set of principles to guide the effort."

The meeting continuing tomorrow provides an important opportunity to agree on these principles as the provincial and territorial ministers will be joined by their counterpart, Federal Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq.

"We salute the fact that Canada's health ministers have recognized the need for a strong, publicly-funded health care system and have committed to discussing ways to better achieve efficiency and accountability within the system," added Dr. Haggie.

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is the national voice of Canadian physicians. Founded in 1867, CMA's mission is to serve and unite the physicians of Canada and be the national advocate, in partnership with the people of Canada, for the highest standards of health and health care. The CMA is a voluntary professional organization representing over 76,000 of Canada's physicians and comprising 12 provincial and territorial medical associations and 51 national medical organizations.


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Lucie Boileau, Manager, Media Relations
Tel.: 1 800 663-7336 / 613 731-8610 ext. 1266
Cell.: 613 447-0866

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