I am writing to inform you that members have voted to reject the tentative 2016 Physician Services Agreement.
Overall, 63.1% voted against the Agreement, either in person at the August 14 General Meeting or by proxy. Total participation rate was 55% of the membership.
Members have spoken, and your Board of Directors respects your decision. I want to assure you that the OMA will always represent the will of our members, and today is no different.
I want to thank all members for your passionate interest and engagement (and patience) in this critical dialogue about the future of health care in Ontario, and our role in it. As your President, I am committed to re-uniting and re-engaging our membership.
With ongoing unilateral government actions and cutbacks, the past two years have been the most challenging and demoralizing in recent memory for our members. With this outcome, members have made it clear that more is required from the Ontario government – in order to best serve the interests of our profession and our patients.
The OMA will now move immediately to:
- Convene a meeting of your Board of Directors;
- Consult with you and physician leaders around the province to identify additional priorities that must be addressed when negotiations resume in the future;
- Request a meeting with the Ontario government to communicate in clear terms the OMA’s expectations for renewed negotiations.
Importantly, we will continue with our Charter challenge to secure binding arbitration and other relief.
Once we receive them, the complete details of the vote will be made available on the OMA website. Again, I thank you for your ongoing commitment and patience through this process.
With thanks for all that you do,
Virginia M. Walley, MD FRCPC
President, Ontario Medical Association