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Duly Quoted: Ontario Medical Association

“The government’s decision to proceed unilaterally and cut programs and fees, and continued resistance to negotiate fairly and bring a conciliator left the OMA with no choice but to ask the court to step in and proceed with a Charter challenge.”

—Ontario Medical Association president Doug Weir, in a statement released today, announcing that the OMA is taking the provincial government to court “for a review of the government’s negotiation tactics and unilateral imposition of cuts to fees and programs on the doctors of Ontario.” In its most recent budget, the province announced that it would need to freeze doctors’ wages, and also called for a reduction in fees paid for some services. (The government maintains this is for services that have become easier to provide due to technological developments since the last fee schedule was set.)