RESUMPTION OF TALKS BETWEEN OMA AND HEALTH MINISTER MIRED IN CONFUSION

Apr 27, 2016

By Jane Brown

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Ontario Medical Association representatives and Health Minister Eric Hoskins can’t seem to agree on to resume negotiations on a new fee schedule.

It’s been two years since the province had an agreement with the OMA, which represents 34,000 physicians and medical students, and last year the governing Liberals unilaterally imposed some fee cuts.

The health minister said yesterday the OMA knew full well that he had been prepared to consider mediation and arbitration, since the doctors group “walked away” from negotiations a year ago, and said it was wrong of them to suggest otherwise.

Hoskins’ office issued a statement late yesterday saying he “reiterated his offer” to return to formal negotiations “but regrettably, the OMA has indicated they are not available to meet this week.”

Word from the OMA, is they were “confused by the minister’s comments,” claiming they called him and got nowhere.

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