Canada's Doctors Send Strong Message to New Brunswick Government

    SASKATOON, Aug. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - At their General Council Meeting in
Saskatoon today, Canada's doctors strongly supported the New Brunswick Medical
Society's struggle against their government's violation of a duly ratified
contract agreement.
    "Delegates overwhelmingly supported their New Brunswick colleagues' quest
for fairness," said incoming Canadian Medical Association President, Dr. Anne
Doig. "Using the economic downturn to back away from negotiated contracts - as
the Graham Government has done - is just not on."
    While doctors recognize the financial challenges facing all governments,
they strongly condemn New Brunswick's unilateral action and warned that it
could have dire consequences for health care in the province.
    "Doctors work hard to do what's best for their patients. In return, they
expect support and respect from their governments," added Dr. Doig. "Any
challenge to that fundamental relationship will be actively opposed by
physicians from all corners of this country."
    "The Canadian Medical Association will take every appropriate measure to
support the doctors of New Brunswick," concluded Dr. Doig. "Canada's doctors
call on Premier Graham to scrap this draconian legislation and respect their
original agreement."

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