Canadian Medical Association

Canadian Medical Association

May 26, 2005 17:00 ET

CMA/Media Advisory: Wait Time Alliance Meets With Premier Dalton McGuinty to Discuss Interim Report on Wait Time Benchmarks

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 26, 2005) - As part of its consultation with governments, members of the Wait Time Alliance (WTA), a group of national medical organizations, will meet with Premier Dalton McGuinty, in his role of Chair of the Council of the Federation, to discuss the Alliance's interim report on benchmarks and best practices to manage wait times. The report No More Time to Wait was released last April.

Date: Friday, May 27, 2005
Time: 12:45 to 1:30 PM
Location: Main Legislative Building
Queen's Park
Toronto, ON
Room 247

Dr. Ruth Collins-Nakai, spokesperson for the WTA and President-Elect of the Canadian Medical Association, and Mr. Normand Laberge, French spokesperson for the WTA and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Association of Radiologists will be available for a scrum with media at 1:30 pm at the Legislature following the meeting.

The Wait Time Alliance interim report contains recommendations for national evidence-based benchmarks for medically acceptable wait times for access to care in five areas: heart care, cancer care, diagnostic imaging, joint replacement and sight restoration.

The report was produced in response to the commitment made by First Ministers in September 2004 (10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care) to establish evidence-based benchmarks for medically acceptable wait times in these same five priority areas.

The Wait Time Alliance has begun a series of consultations with patients, health care stakeholders and governments to get consensus on acceptable waiting times. The Alliance will release its final report in August 2005.

Contact Information

  • CMA
    Carole Lavigne
    (613) 731-8610 or 1-800-663-7336 ext. 1266