TORONTO, July 9, 2012 /CNW/ - Ontario's doctors officially filed
documents with the Ontario Superior Court to review the McGuinty
government's negotiating tactics. Dr. Doug Weir, President of the
Ontario Medical Association, said the government has denied Ontario's
doctors' right to negotiate in good faith under Canada's Charter of
Rights and Freedoms.
As outlined in the filing, Ontario's doctors believe the McGuinty
government has denied Ontario's doctors' right to negotiate under
Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms; and that the Minister of
Health and Long-Term Care has misled the public and misrepresented the
governments' and OMA's position in this process. In addition, the
McGuinty government has tried to do an end-run on the OMA by
approaching individuals who are not representative of the profession to
discuss matters directly connected to negotiations.
As a result, Ontario's doctors will ask the Superior Court to:
Confirm the OMA's representational rights on behalf of doctors in
negotiations with the government;
Reverse the unilateral cuts that were announced on May 7th; and
Order the government back to the table to engage in meaningful
discussions with the OMA.
Starting in February, Ontario's doctors and the government held meetings
to discuss challenges in the health care system and how they can be
addressed through a new contract for physician services. From the
start, the government rejected all offers from Ontario's doctors and
threatened to unilaterally cut $1 billion in programs and fees. Without
the consent of doctors, the government began imposing these cuts last
month, which is going to hurt patient care and make it more difficult
to recruit and retain physicians.
"What's deeply disappointing and ironic is that the government has been
picking and choosing who it negotiates with. It's hard to understand
why doctors would not be given the same courtesy as the NDP."
"We cannot stand idly by while the government stomps on the rights of
doctors and plows ahead with its plan to unilaterally cut $1 billion in
health programs and services, which is going to hurt patient care and
"Despite today's announcement, Ontario's doctors want to negotiate with
the government - but only if Premier Dalton McGuinty and Health and
Long-Term Care Minister Deb Matthews show doctors the same respect and
courtesy they have shown others in recent negotiations."
Dr. Doug Weir
Ontario Medical Association
SOURCE Ontario Medical Association
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