OMA Response to Premier's "Statement on Renewed Negotiations with the Ontario Medical Association"

TORONTO, Feb. 16, 2017 /CNW/ - The OMA Board of Directors applauds Premier Wynne's change in approach, as reflected in today's public commitment to restoring a productive relationship with Ontario's physicians.

In particular, the OMA welcomes the commitment of Premier Wynne and Minister Hoskins to the principle of binding interest arbitration for Ontario physicians, and to reaching a binding interest arbitration agreement with the Ontario Medical Association, as the first order of business when negotiations resume.

This means that a binding interest arbitration process will be in place before the terms of a new Physicians Services Agreement are negotiated. The OMA has been seeking binding interest arbitration so that an independent adjudication will resolve any outstanding differences between the parties in the negotiation of the terms and conditions of a Physician Services Agreement.

The OMA also appreciates the government's promise that there will be no unilateral adjustment to physicians' compensation or accountabilities while negotiations are ongoing.

The OMA appointed its negotiating committee earlier today, and looks forward to commencing negotiations once it has developed its negotiating mandate following consultations with Ontario physicians.  We are pleased that the government will be appointing a new negotiating team shortly.

The OMA wants to thank its members – Ontario physicians – for their dedication to their patients and their ongoing advocacy to improve health care in Ontario. 

The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) represents more than 42,000 physicians and medical students across the province. Ontario's doctors work closely with patients to encourage healthy living practices and illness prevention. In addition to delivering front-line services to patients, Ontario's doctors play a significant role in helping shape health care policy, as well as implementing initiatives that strengthen and enhance Ontario's health care system.

SOURCE Ontario Medical Association

For further information: Nadia Daniell-Colarossi, Manager Media Relations, Office: 416-340-2970 or 1-800-268-7215 ext. 2970, Mobile: 416-804-4600, Email: nadia.daniell-colarossi@oma.org; Danielle Milley, Senior Advisor Media Relations, Office: 416-599-2580 or 1-800-268-7215 ext. 3008, Mobile: 647-300-0081, Email: danielle.milley@oma.org

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