Breaking News - The government wants to stop arbitration, the OMA has refused
The following statement was issued to Members of the OMA on December 11th.
Breaking News - The government wants to stop arbitration, the OMA has refused
The following statement was issued to Members of the OMA on December 11th.
December 11, 2018

Dear Colleagues,
 
We want you to hear this from us.
 
Last night, the legal representative for the provincial government sent a letter to the Board of Arbitration stating that it wished to stop our arbitration hearings.

The government is also trying to undermine the OMA’s legal right to represent Ontario’s doctors.
 
In full transparency to our members, we are releasing the Ministry’s legal letter to us and the board of arbitration and our response to government and the board of arbitration.

This government’s unprecedented actions are shocking. Government cannot hold itself above the law and must comply with legal and contractual commitments. We believe the government is trying to pull the plug on arbitration because it knows arbitration will mean a fair deal for doctors. 
 
We know this will be upsetting for members but we are moving quickly to manage this situation. Negotiations Counsel is gathering more information today. The OMA Board will discuss further steps tomorrow. We will communicate again as decisions are made. 
 
In the meantime, the Negotiations Committee is preparing for arbitration hearings starting this weekend — with or without the participation of government. The current schedule and new briefs can be found online.
 
The government’s actions ignore its legal and moral obligation to participate in a fair and independent binding arbitration process, undermining the foundation of any meaningful partnership between us. As doctors, we expect to play a constructive role in the transformation of our health-care system. Election promises by the Premier included fair treatment of doctors. Ending the arbitration process the week before the end of Phase I does not serve the interests of doctors or the 13.7 million patients we serve.

Know that the OMA will stand strong and united for our profession.

Thank you,

Nadia Alam, OMA President
Tim Nicholas, OMA Chair of the Board
Allan O’Dette, OMA CEO