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News release
January 12, 2016

Ontario’s doctors: All Whitby—Oshawa by-election candidates should support stopping cuts to funding for physician services

Durham, ON, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016 – To protect and strengthen patient-focused care in Durham Region, Ontario’s doctors are calling on all candidates in the anticipated Whitby—Oshawa by-election to support stopping the Ontario government’s ongoing cuts to funding for physician services.

Following the departure of Christine Elliott, a strong health-care advocate recently named Ontario’s first-ever Patient Ombudsman, it is expected a by-election will be called for Feb. 11, 2016. Ontario’s doctors believe that all candidates vying to replace Ms. Elliot should match her commitment to strengthening health-care in Durham and across the province, both of which are threatened by the Ontario government ongoing cuts to the necessary funding for the doctors patients rely on.

“As a doctor who lives and works in our community, I’m driven by a commitment to provide my patients in Whitby and Oshawa with the best health care possible,” said Dr. Gregory Athaide, a local obstetrician/gynaecologist. “Our community is growing and attracting young families and new businesses, so we need to ensure that they are able to access the care they need to thrive and prosper here.”

Since January 2015, the government has cut funding for physician services by nearly seven per cent. Worse yet, the government has unilaterally imposed a hard cap on the funding it will provide for physician services. The government will not fund the full cost of services provided by doctors that exceed the hard cap.

“Patients in Whitby—Oshawa deserve a representative who will advocate for their health care by fully funding the doctors they depend on,” said Dr. Mike Toth, President of the Ontario Medical Association. “Facing a growing and aging population, the decisions our provincial representatives and leaders make today will impact Ontarians’ access to quality, patient-focused care in the years to come.”

Ontario’s doctors are committed to working with the riding’s next provincial representative to restore and protect the quality, patient-focused care Ontario families deserve and depend on.


The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) represents over 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.


For more information, please contact:
Nadia Daniell-Colarossi, Manager Media Relations
Office: 416-340-2970 or 1-800-268-7215 ext. 2970
Mobile: 416-804-4600