Ontario's doctors ask Minister Hoskins to clarify his position

TORONTO, April 22, 2016 /CNW/ - Ontario's doctors have long said that strengthening patient-focused care requires a fair and predictable agreement that includes binding arbitration. Indeed, in October 2015, the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) launched a challenge under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms against the Government of Ontario that asks the court to declare that physicians have a constitutional right to a binding dispute resolution mechanism.

Today, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, appeared to say that he is prepared to move forward with a long-term, permanent and stable framework with the province's physicians. In order to move forward with the process of meaningful negotiations, rather than negotiate in public and mischaracterize the facts, Ontario's doctors ask that Hoskins clarify his position directly with the OMA.

Ontario's doctors remain dedicated to providing patient-focused care and believe a fair and predictable physician agreement is the best way to strengthen the quality care patients need and deserve. 

Dr. Mike Toth,
Ontario Medical Association

The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) represents more than 34,000 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: 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


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