Coalition of Ontario Doctors' Statement on the Defeat of the Ontario Medical Association's Physician Services Agreement

Victory for doctors and patients sends a clear message to OMA Board.

TORONTO, Aug. 15, 2016 /CNW/ - The Coalition of Ontario Doctors (Coalition) today issued the following statement in response to the announcement that a majority of Ontario Medical Association (OMA) members voted against the tentative Physician Services Agreement (PSA):

"Ontario doctors stood up for themselves and rejected a deeply flawed PSA, one that was vague, cut funding, and threatened our independence. Ontario doctors stood up for their patients against a government that continues to undermine our already fragile health care system. The Coalition enthusiastically welcomes the result of yesterday's vote as victory for physicians and patients, alike.

"The Coalition - which campaigned hard, but respectfully for this outcome - thanks every doctor for their support. We are proud to have been your voice and advocate. We will continue to do so.

"To those who supported the PSA, we extend a hand of collegial friendship. The OMA belongs to all of us, regardless of how we voted. United, we have the power to make a positive change for the future.

"Doctors sent a message that should be heeded by the OMA leadership. The status quo is no longer acceptable.  Trust was missing and doctors demand better. The Coalition will determine its next steps over the coming days."

Who We Are
The Coalition of Ontario Doctors is committed to the care of their patients. We are concerned about inadequate funding, access, waiting lists and health care gaps that hurt Ontario patients.

Concerned Ontario Doctors (Family Physicians and Specialists)
DoctorsOntario (Family Physicians and Specialists)
OMA Section on Cardiology
OMA Section on Cardio-Vascular Surgery
OMA Section on Diagnostic Imaging
OMA Section on Emergency Medicine
OMA Section of Gastroenterology
OMA Section on Nephrology
OMA Section on Neuroradiology
OMA Section on Neurology
OMA Section of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
OMA Section on Chronic Pain
OMA Section on Urology
OMA Section on Thoracic Surgery
Dermatology Association of Ontario
Doctors for Justice
Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
Emergency Physicians of Ontario
Ontario Association of Cardiologists
Ontario Association of Radiologists
Ontario Association of Nephrologists
Ontario Association of Nuclear Medicine

SOURCE Coalition of Ontario Doctors

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For further information: Kingsdale Shareholder Services, Ian Robertson, Executive Vice President, Communication Strategy, Direct: 416.867.2333; Cell: 647.621.2646,; Coalition spokespeople: Dr. David Jacobs, Radiologist, 416-937-0307, Dr Nadia Alam, 416-312-3191; Dr. Kulvinder Gill, 416-400-7989

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