Media Alert - Second day of CMA's Annual General Meeting focuses on Exploring
the Need to Improve Accountability of the Health Care System

OTTAWA, Aug. 24 /CNW/ - The Canadian Medical Association's (CMA) second day of deliberations of over 200 physician delegates will focus on the issue of accountability and responsibility throughout the health care system. The day's session will include a presentation by the Auditor General of Canada, Sheila Fraser before delegates attending the CMA's 143rd annual meeting of General Council in Niagara Falls, ON from August 23-25, 2010 at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel.

The strategic session led by Sheila Fraser will address the issue of how demand has grown for increased accountability for both performance and outcomes, at all levels of health care. The session will be followed by delegates' motions session and by Dr. Anne Doig's Valedictory speech.

Key highlights of the Tuesday, Aug. 24 program:

  • Strategic session: Leadership and accountability for health care transformation
    9-11 a.m. (EDT), GC chambers
    Speaker: Sheila Fraser, Auditor General of Canada
  • Media scrum with Sheila Fraser
    11-11:30 a.m. (EDT) Press conference room, 5th Floor Strategy Room 7
    Dial-in capacity available. Telephone lines will open at 11:00a.m. Dial-in numbers and pass code are the same as the CMA press conference (see below).
  • Elections
    11-11:30 a.m. (EDT), GC chambers
  • Delegates' motions
    11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. (EDT), GC chambers
  • President Dr. Anne Doig's valedictory address
    12:20-12:45 p.m. (EDT), GC chambers
  • CMA press conference
    12:45-1:15 p.m. (EDT), Strategy Room 7 (5th floor)
    Speakers: Dr. Anne Doig, CMA President and Robert Ouellet, CMA Past President

CMA spokespeople will be available at a 12:45pm press conference. Members of the media are invited to attend in person or participate by teleconference. For journalists dialing in, please follow the instructions below:

            Telephone lines are open for media registration at 12:30pm. The press conference will begin
            promptly at 12:45pm. It is not possible for journalists to ask questions over the telephone during the
            press conference, but interviews can be arranged later by calling the media office.

            Dial-in number(s):              416-641-6104 / 866-696-5894

            Participant pass code:       7085864

Attending members of the media are asked to register at the media office upon their arrival at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel. The media office is located on the 5th floor at the Upper Fallsview Studio B.

For a full update on CMA's General Council, please consult the "Media Guide to CMA's General Council" at: cr="true" href="">

CMA press conference
12:45-1:15 p.m. (EDT), Strategy Room 7 (5th floor)
Speakers: Dr. Anne Doig, CMA President
Dr. Robert Ouellet, CMA Past President

SOURCE Canadian Medical Association

For further information: For further information:

Lucie Boileau, Media relations Manager
Media office (General Council, Niagara Falls): (905) 371-1144, (from Aug. 21-25, 2010)
Mobile: (613) 447-0866 /1-800 663-7336 or (613) 731-8610 ext. 1266, (after Aug. 26, 2010),

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