Doctors Reject New Services Agreement With Province

Say they won't be pawns to the government

Ontario doctors have voted 63 per cent against a new services agreement worked out between the Ontario Medical Association and Queen’s Park. They say they will not be pawns in what they consider the systematic dismantling of Ontario’s health care system, calling the government’s actions reckless. “This was an immense victory for front-line physicians and for patients,” says Dr. Kulvinder Gill, one of the co-founders of the advocacy group, Concerned Ontario Doctors. The group has been working on a counter-proposal to the government but won’t present it until it’s granted binding arbitration, which is the subject of an OMA court challenge. Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown says it’s clear the health minister should be fired.