Demonstrators from the B.C. Health Coalition and the Council of Canadians rallied in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery yesterday to denounce the upcoming appointment of a private health-care advocate to the head of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA).
Dr. Brian Day, an orthopedic surgeon known for opening Canada’s first private surgery clinic in Vancouver 11 years ago, was voted president of the CMA last year.
He will be officially appointed the association’s president this week during its four-day meeting in Vancouver.
“Dr. Day was elected by the members of the CMA so our concern is that the organization is becoming more open to privatization,” said Carleen Pickard, regional organizer for the Council of Canadians.