Statement from the Premier on Ontario Medical Association Vote
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne released the following statement today:
"On May 18, 2017, Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and I announced that a tentative agreement had been reached with the Ontario Medical Association on a process for binding interest arbitration with the Government of Ontario.
Today, we are pleased that this agreement has been ratified by OMA membership. This is an important step toward reaching a new Physician Services Agreement and we look forward to the start of substantive negotiations in the near future.
As part of this agreement, both the Ontario Medical Association and the government will also have access to mediation and then arbitration. We are confident these discussions will be both positive and collaborative.
Ontario's doctors are an essential part of a strong and sustainable health care system. Rebuilding a strong and productive relationship with Ontario's physicians is essential to increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience."
“I am pleased that the OMA membership has voted in favour of moving ahead with a process that will allow both parties to resume productive discussions. This is an important milestone and key step toward reaching a new Physician Services Agreement. Our priority is to reach an agreement that will allow Ontario’s doctors to continue their important work and to continue improving the strong, responsive health care system that is a point of pride for the people of Ontario.”
“We are pleased that Ontario’s doctors have ratified the binding arbitration framework agreement and look forward to renewing discussions on a Physician Services Agreement. We are committed to working collaboratively with the OMA to reach an agreement that will respect doctors and provide reasonable compensation, while ensuring people across our province have access to a high-quality, accessible health care system that is sustainable for generations to come.”
Dr. Eric Hoskins