ONTARIO’S DOCTORS VOTE FOR BINDING ARBITRATION

Ontario’s doctors have voted in favour of a deal to send contract disputes with the province to binding arbitration. Doctors are represented by the Ontario Medical Association and this weekend they voted 65 per cent in favour of the framework. The deal determines how the doctors’ next contract, and all subsequent contracts, will be settled. First there will be an effort at negotiation, and if a deal isn’t reached, they’ll go to mediation and then binding arbitration. Doctors have been without a physician services agreement for three years. There are about 44,000 members of the O-M-A.