TORONTO, July 5, 2012 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government has demonstrated
once again that it can, in fact, negotiate with other organizations.
First, it was able to strike a deal with the NDP to pass the budget and
avoid an election. And today, it reached a new labour agreement with
the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association.
It's disappointing that the McGuinty government accepted a pay freeze
for teachers, yet soundly rejected an offer from Ontario's doctors of a
two year pay freeze. In fact, the government rejected an offer that
would have meant an average 2.5-percent reduction in physician incomes
saving the province and additional $250 million dollars annually.
Ontario's doctors led the charge in helping to find savings in the
health care system, finding more than $300 million in savings before
this round of negotiations even began. We have committed to continuing
this important work. But we cannot stand-by while the government plows
ahead with its plan to unilaterally to cut $1 billion in health
programs and services, which is going to hurt patient care and access.
We are urging the McGuinty government to come back to the negotiating
table with Ontario's doctors with the help of a third-party
conciliator. The assistance of a Conciliator has been used
successfully in other provinces, and is recommended in the Canada
Health Act to resolve disputes. It's time that we reach an agreement
that strengthens our health care system and protects patient care.
Dr. Doug Weir
Ontario Medical Association
SOURCE Ontario Medical Association
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