Tentative agreement reached with Ontario government on binding arbitration

TORONTO, May 18, 2017 /CNW/ - The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care have reached a tentative framework agreement providing for fair and independent binding arbitration.

After several years of unilateral government actions against doctors, the OMA and Ontario's doctors have been pressing the government to agree to binding arbitration, in order to ensure we have access to the same fair and independent process afforded to all other essential service providers.

If ratified by the membership, the binding arbitration framework will be in place for all future Physician Services Agreement (PSA) negotiations, including the negotiations for the PSA that will be effective as of April 1, 2017.

The key OMA membership priorities for the next PSA are now being determined through a formal consultation process. This work will be completed before negotiations for a new PSA begin.

After careful consideration, the OMA Board of Directors unanimously approved the tentative binding arbitration framework.

On behalf of the province's doctors I would like to thank the OMA's negotiating committee for working so hard on behalf of the profession.

Dr. Shawn Whatley
President, Ontario Medical Association

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 Lead, Media Relations, Office: 416-599-2580 ext. 3008 or 1-800-268-7215 ext. 3008, Mobile: 647-300-0081, Email: danielle.milley@oma.org

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