Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne released the following statement today:
“On February 16, 2017, Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-term Care, and I made a renewed commitment to negotiations with the Ontario Medical Association with an agreement to negotiating a binding interest arbitration process as the first order of business to achieving a new Physician Services Agreement.
Today we are pleased to announce that a tentative agreement on a process for binding interest arbitration between the Ontario government and the Ontario Medical Association has been reached. The tentative agreement will require ratification by the Ontario Medical Association membership.
Ontario’s doctors are essential partners of a strong and sustainable health care system. Rebuilding a strong and productive relationship with Ontario’s physicians is essential to increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience.”
“I am pleased that our government has reached an agreement with the OMA on a proposed framework for binding arbitration. This is an important milestone and a first step towards renewed discussions for a new Physician Services Agreement. Our priority is to reach an agreement that will allow Ontario’s doctors to continue their important work and make sure that people across our province have access to a high-quality, responsive health care system that is sustainable for generations to come.” — Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
“I’m pleased that we’ve reached a tentative agreement on a framework for binding arbitration. I’m optimistic that, working collaboratively, we will reach a physician services agreement that respects doctors, provides fair growth in compensation and builds a stronger health care system for Ontarians.” — Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care