Canadian Medical Association

Canadian Medical Association
Wait Time Alliance (WTA)

November 23, 2007 13:21 ET

Media Advisory/REMINDER: Wait Time Alliance Fall Report

Five new sets of benchmarks

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 23, 2007) - The Wait Time Alliance (WTA) will release its 4th report including new wait-time benchmarks and performance goals for five medical specialties: emergency care, psychiatric care, plastic surgery, gastroenterology and anesthesiology. Theses clinical areas represent specialities in which thousands of Canadians require treatment every day.

The WTA will unveil and provide details on these benchmarks during a technical briefing via teleconference with members of the media at 9:15am, Monday, Nov. 26, 2007.

Wait Time Alliance Teleconference technical briefing with media:

Date: Nov. 26, 2007 at 9:15am (Eastern)

Where : Queen's University, Policy Studies Building
Room 212, 138 Union St., Kingston (Ontario)

Speakers: WTA co-chairs, Dr. Lorne Bellan, of the Canadian
Ophthalmalogical Society; and Dr. Jean-Luc Urbain of the
Canadian Association of Nuclear Medicine; a spokesperson
from each speciality area will also take part in the

Dial-in number: 866-303-7746 or 416-641-6124
(confirmation number: 3241917)
(Instant replay: 416-695-5800 or 1-800-408-3053 -
passcode: 3241917#)

Materials: Available at 8:00am on Nov. 26, 2007at - under embargo until 10:30am

WTA co-Chairs and spokespersons, Dr. Lorne Bellan and Dr. Jean-Luc Urbain and spokespersons from the specialty societies will be available for interviews after the technical briefing.

Waiting for Medical Care 2007

The 4th report of the Wait Time Alliance will be formally released in a speech by CMA Past-President Dr. Colin McMillan to a joint conference on wait times co-hosted by Kingston General Hospital and Queen's University. "Wait Times In Canada: Writing the 'Script for Success" will explore possible solutions to this high-profile health care issue.

Date: Nov. 26 and 27, 2007
Location: Queen's University, Policy Studies Building, Room 202
138 Union St., Kingston (Ontario)

For more information on the conference, consult

Contact Information

  • Canadian Medical Association
    Lucie Boileau
    Media Relations Manager
    1-800-663-7336 ext. 1266 or 613-731-8610 ext. 1266
    Cell: 613-447-0866