TORONTO, June 17, 2017 /CNW/ - Ontario's doctors have voted in favour of the tentative 2017 OMA-Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Binding Arbitration Framework Agreement.
The vote was 65% to 35%, in favour the framework agreement. Members were able to vote electronically, in person at the General Meeting of Members or by proxy.
"After 3 years of unprecedented fee cuts and unilateral government action this agreement now provides for a fair, independent process and prevents the government from taking unilateral actions," said Dr. Shawn Whatley, President of the Ontario Medical Association. "I commend our members for taking the time to understand the agreement; now Ontario's doctors can finally look to establishing a new, fair and respectful relationship with the government."
With this decision taken the OMA will continue to consult with physicians to develop their negotiations mandate.
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: Amanda Philp, Ontario Medical Association, Email: Amanda.Philp@oma.org, Phone: 416-456-0866