Coalition of Ontario Doctors: Time for Renewal at the Ontario Medical Association

TORONTO, Aug. 17, 2016 /CNW/ - The Coalition of Ontario Doctors (Coalition) today issued the following statement regarding recent statements made by the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) and next steps:

"The resounding rejection of the Physician Services Agreement—one which was vigorously championed by the leadership of the OMA at considerable cost—requires a change in the composition of the committees responsible for its negotiation. We are respectful of the actions of the OMA leadership to date, however, the results of the vote make it mandatory for new leadership to accomplish the goals of the membership.

"To this end, the Coalition of Ontario Doctors today wrote to the Directors of the OMA to respectfully request that they initiate the dissolution of the Negotiations Committee and Negotiations Advisory Committee.

"The Coalition expressed its concern that the OMA leadership continues to ignore the will of its members by advocating for a similar agreement, a similar relationship with government, and a similar vision for the future of the profession. The majority of OMA members on August 14, 2016, rejected these three items. The letter highlights concern with the OMA communications strategy which is unfair, unbalanced, and designed to support decisions made in secret by the Executive Committee. In some instances, these decisions appear to be withheld from the Directors of the OMA. 

"In addition to the negotiating committees, further governance changes within the OMA are needed immediately to restore the trust that has been lost between the membership and the leadership of the OMA. If successful, we will be able to preserve patient access to care and make the government responsible and accountable for the cost of delivering health care in Ontario while unifying and reenergizing the profession."  

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
Ontario Association of Radiologists
Ontario Association of Nephrologists  
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 Nuclear Medicine

SOURCE Coalition of Ontario Doctors

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