Jul 10, 2012
By Jane Brown
Ontario’s health minister says she’s disappointed that the province’s doctors are taking the government to court in an ongoing labour dispute. In a statement, Deb Matthews appealed once again for the Ontario Medical Association to return to the bargaining table in order to reach a deal in good faith which also allows the government to meet its goals to curb costs. OMA president Doctor Doug Weir has announced his group has filed an application with the Ontario Cuperior Court with hopes of stopping the fee cuts imposed by the Liberal government. O-M-A negotiators walked away from talks after the province cut 340-million-dollars worth of fees for doctors’ services. They say they won’t return without a conciliator. But the governing Liberals say the doctors want more money for salaries, which is something the province can no longer afford while facing a 15-billion-dollar deficit.