Toronto, ON, April 25, 2016 – Ontario’s doctors are pleased to learn that the Ontario government is now prepared to agree to binding arbitration with the Ontario Medical Association (OMA). In light of the government’s new position on binding arbitration, Ontario’s doctors are ready and eager to meet with the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care tomorrow to agree to the terms of binding arbitration.
Over the past 12 months, Ontario’s doctors have said that strengthening patient-focused care requires moving forward with a long-term, permanent and stable negotiations process. However, over that same period, the Ontario government has repeatedly denied the OMA’s request for binding arbitration. That is why in October 2015 the 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.
Throughout this impasse, 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. The OMA looks forward to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care accepting our invitation to meet tomorrow.
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.
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