TORONTO, June 14, 2012 /CNW/ - Dr. Douglas Mark, president of the Coalition of Family Physicians and
Specialists of Ontario, today announced that the coalition is in full
support of the Ontario Medical Association's decision to take legal
action against the McGuinty government. "These are unprecedented times.
The McGuinty government has stepped beyond the very laws that govern
our great country. After weeks of lobbying, we agree that the doctors
of Ontario had no other recourse than to take legal action to protect
both our profession's future and the future of healthcare for the
people of Ontario," said Dr. Mark.
On May 7, 2012, the Ontario government imposed changes retroactive to
April 1st that will result in fewer physicians in Ontario, that will
result in longer wait times in emergency rooms and for surgeries, as
well as difficulty in finding a family physician and seeing a
specialist. The government has also decided to cut coverage for
diagnostic testing for lower back pain they deem "medically
"Contrary to the initial media reaction, this legal action is not about
the wage freeze," said Dr. Mark. "Ontario's physicians offered to
freeze wages, but the government instead imposed sweeping cuts that
will cause a dramatic loss of necessary medical services."
The cuts, which have already begun, will affect necessary services,
including diagnostic imaging, cardiac testing, and ophthalmological
procedures and testing. Dr. Mark concluded, "No matter how much the
government tries to sugar-coat their actions, they have already caused
significant damage to the delivery of healthcare. Before the OMA can
even consider returning to the negotiating table, the McGuinty
government must reverse their unilateral actions. Only then will
Ontario's doctors and their patients trust the government to truly
negotiate in good faith."
SOURCE The Coalition of Family Physicians and Specialists of Ontario
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