Toronto, ON, Nov. 15, 2016 – As President Elect of the Ontario Medical Association, I stand by and reiterate all the comments I submitted yesterday at the legislative committee on Bill 41.
The language used by the Minister in his reaction to my submission was, frankly, unbecoming. Ontarians should expect more from their Minister of Health in his dealings with his second most important stakeholder, after patients.
There was nothing in my submission that would have been news to the Minister had he meaningfully consulted with physicians about this legislation before he reintroduced it.
Minister Hoskins needs to understand that the patients of this province need us to work together on their behalf, not call each other names. We share a desire to make the health care system in this province better, and I would assure him the OMA is looking for a partner who will meaningfully consult physicians. Having a high performing health-care system is simply not possible without physician input.
We ask the Minister to formally retract his statements and we hope an apology is forthcoming.
Dr. Stephen Chris,
Ontario Medical Association
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