Media alert - Time's Up! - Wait Time Alliance provides progress report on wait times

    OTTAWA, April 18 /CNW Telbec/ - On April 19, 2007, the Wait Time Alliance
(WTA) will release its spring Report Card and report on progress by
governments on achieving wait time benchmarks and implementing commitments
made in the 2004 First Ministers' 10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care. The
WTA will unveil and provide details on the report and the report card findings
at a technical media briefing via teleconference at 10:00 am.
    Also on April 19, Canadian Medical Association President, Dr. Colin
McMillan will highlight key findings of the Report Card - and important next
steps - in a luncheon address to the National Press Club.

    Wait Time Alliance Teleconference Technical Briefing with media:
    Date: April 19, 2007 at 10:00 am (Eastern)
    Speakers: WTA co-chairs, Dr. Lorne Bellan (English spokesperson) and
    Mr. Normand Laberge (French spokesperson)
    Tel. number: 1 (866) 898-9626 or 613-594-9391
    (Instant replay: 1-800-408-3053, pass code: 3220314#)
    Materials: Available at 9:00am at  -
    under embargo till 12:00pm.

    Address by CMA President, Dr. Colin McMillan to the National Press Club:
    Date: April 19, 2007 (address at approx. 12:40 pm)
    Location: The National Club, 165 Sparks Street, Ottawa
    Luncheon: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (Eastern)

    WTA co-Chairs and spokespersons, Dr. Lorne Bellan and Mr. Normand Laberge
and Dr. McMillan will be available to speak with media at the Press Club
following Dr. McMillan's address.

    The Wait Time Alliance of Canada (WTA) is a partnership comprised of the
    Canadian Medical Association and 6 speciality associations, the Canadian
    Association of Radiologists, the Canadian Association of Nuclear
    Medicine, the Canadian Association of Radiation Oncologists, the Canadian
    Cardiovascular Society, the Canadian Ophthalmological Society, and the
    Canadian Orthopaedic Association.

For further information:

For further information: Steve Wharry, CMA, 1-800-663-7336 ext. 2135

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