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The Canadian Medical Association's Abrupt Resignation from the World Medical Association

Why is Canada Alone?

October 10, 2018, (Toronto, ON) - On October 6, 2018, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) abruptly left the World Medical Association (WMA) Meeting being held in Iceland and resigned from the WMA.

In 1946, Canada was one of only ten counties to establish an Organizing Committee of international medical doctors. This Organizing Committee, that was Chaired by Ontario physician Dr. T. Clarence Routley, then founded the World Medical Association in 1947 with 29 countries. The World Medical Association developed the modernized Hippocratic Oath with the Declaration of Geneva in 1948 after the World War II atrocities and has since had the highest standard of International Code of Medical Ethics. Now in 2018, the WMA includes 114 countries and represents more than 10-Million physicians globally. Just days ago, the CMA abruptly resigned Canada from the WMA following absolutely no consultation with Canada's physicians.

The CMA is claiming that their sudden resignation from the WMA is about an "ethical" stand on "plagiarism". But there is far more to this than meets the eye and this will impact all Canadians (click here for more information).

The CMA had been founded in 1867 (about 100 days after confederation) as a non-profit organization of physicians for physicians. However, the CMA's resignation comes after nearly two years of physician membership resignations nationally from the voluntary organization as the CMA has increasingly acted against the best interests of Canada's patients and frontline doctors. More recently, the CMA encouraged the legal loss of physicians' conscience rights, unilaterally removed physicians from the CMA's mission and vision statements, secretly sold physicians' MD Management financial firm (founded in 1957 by physicians for physicians and their families) to Scotia Bank for $2.6-Billion with absolutely zero consultation with CMA Council or CMA Membership, and is soon to implement an unethical Code of "Ethics".

On October 4, 2018, while at the WMA Meeting in Iceland, the CMA and the Dutch Medical Association (KNMG) had planned to put forth a motion for the WMA to be neutral on (i.e. not condemn) all physician assisted suicide and euthanasia of patients (i.e. unrestricted). The CMA and KNMG had withdrawn their motion due to lack of international support. On October 6, 2018, the CMA's 4-person delegation (Dr. Gigi Osler - CMA President, Dr. Jeff Blackmer - CMA Vice-President of Professionalism, Dr. Chris Simpson -CMA Past President, and Dr. Louis Francescutti - CMA Past President) abruptly walked out of the WMA Meeting and resigned the CMA from the WMA claiming "plagiarism" by the incoming WMA President during his inaugural address. This is not the first time the CMA has stormed out of a medical meeting. In April 2018, it was reported that the CMA Vice President of Professionalism, Dr. Jeff Blackmer, had also abruptly left the Canadian Cannabinoid Annual Conference claiming "personal attacks", including someone making a "rude face" at him.

Dr. Leonid Eidelman, the new WMA President, had apologized before the WMA Council and Assembly at the Iceland Meeting once he was aware. His speech had been written by a hired speech writer. Dr. Eidelman is the former Head of the Israeli Medical Association. In 2011, he went on a hunger strike for better healthcare in Israel. In 2017, despite pressure from the Israeli government, Dr. Eidelman had instructed Israeli physicians not to force-feed Palestinian prisoners on a hunger strike, in accordance to the WMA's International Code of Medical Ethics.

The "purpose of the WMA is to serve humanity by endeavoring to achieve the highest international standards" in Medicine. Canada was an integral founding member of the WMA and after 71 years, the CMA's abrupt departure leaves 37-Million Canadians and 85,000 Canadian MDs without any international oversight of the CMA's Medical Ethics. It is deeply troubling that by removing itself from the WMA, the CMA now plans to replace the WMA's International Code of Medical Ethics adhered to by 10-Million physicians globally with the CMA's new draconian unethical version to ensure Canadian physicians adopt its political ideology under the guise of "ethics" while stripping doctors in Canada of their freedom of conscience entirely.

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Last Updated: Wednesday, 10 October 2018 16:39:29 PM EST

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