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Coming to a federal riding near you (we hope)

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) wants to work with your Member of Parliament (MP) to co-host a roundtable in your riding on where seniors care will fit into the next Health Accord.

CMA President Dr. Cindy Forbes made that offer to all MPs shortly before the House of Commons rose for the summer on June 17.

Dr. Forbes said in a letter that the CMA would be happy to collaborate with any MP interested in organizing a public consultation “on how to leverage the next Health Accord to deliver better care for Canada’s seniors.”

During the 2015 federal election, the CMA worked with 35 MPs from every party and in all regions of Canada to hold community roundtables on the issue of better seniors care.

“Without exception, these discussions led to valuable insights from those Canadians in attendance,” Dr. Forbes said in the letter.

Health Minister Jane Philpott has said the government is looking to sign a new Health Accord with the provinces and territories by early next year. Because of this tight timeline, the CMA wants to begin their roundtables over the summer before MPs return to the House of Commons on Sept. 19.

In terms of support, the CMA will provide an MP with a PowerPoint presentation, a physician representative to make the presentation and staff logistical support. The format can be adapted to whatever the MP feels will resonate best with their constituents.

“The CMA welcomes the government’s commitment to concluding a new Health Accord with the provinces and territories,” Dr. Forbes said.

“We believe the Health Accord offers an excellent opportunity for Canada to address the needs of our aging population.”

For further information, email demandaplan@cma.ca