Newfoundland surgeon now head of the CMA

Dr. John Haggie, a general and vascular surgeon from Gander, N.L., is the new president of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). Dr. Haggie, born in England, moved to St. Anthony, N.L., in 1993 where he became consulting surgeon for the Grenfell Region Health Services. In 1997, Dr. Haggie moved to Appleton, N.L., where he was appointed attending surgeon, general and vascular surgery, at the James Paton Memorial Hospital (JPMH) in Gander, N.L. He held this position until 2008 when he became chief of staff of the hospital, a position he still holds. “The CMA has worked hard to listen to Canadians and to move the agenda on transforming our health care system forward. Our challenge is to achieve some tangible results,” said Dr. Haggie. “The time is ripe, with the end of the 2004 Health Accord fast approaching. That accord, meant to secure change for a generation, failed to do more than fix funding for a decade.”

Source: Digital Journal

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