Canadian Medical Association

Meeting to be followed by virtual news conference tomorrow

Tonight, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) are hosting an emergency COVID-19 summit to discuss the pandemic’s devastating impact on Canada’s health care system and health workers. The closed meeting is expected to bring together more than 30 national and provincial health organizations and will focus on identifying priorities for responding to the crisis.

The CMA and the CNA will host a virtual news conference on Wednesday (Oct. 6) to provide a summary of the discussion.


WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 at 11:00 am (ET)

HOW: Zoom Webinar - contact [email protected] for information on how to attend


  • CMA President Dr. Katharine Smart
  • CMA Quebec board member Dr. Abdo Shabah
  • CNA President Mr. Tim Guest


  • Rising numbers of COVID-19 cases have brought the health system to a breaking point in many parts of the country
  • Vaccination rates are at a standstill and public health measures are now being reinstated in many areas
  • Health workers are exhausted and demoralized, with many leaving the front line
  • Significant backlogs of surgeries will affect the health system and quality of life of patients for years to come
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