An open letter from the medical associations of Canada to Premier Dalton McGuinty
Premier of Ontario
Toronto, ON M7A 1A1
As the leaders of Canada’s medical associations, we are united in asking the Ontario government to get back to the table with our physician colleagues in your province.
Right across Canada there are shining examples of innovative improvements in health care when physicians and governments work together to improve patient care. Canadians expect nothing less from their elected representatives.
The manner in which your government has imposed conditions on physicians without a true opportunity to build consensus is not acceptable and your efforts to convince the Premiers from the other provinces to adopt a broken model that excludes true collaboration are wrong-headed.
Imposing your views on physicians and the public is a leadership style that comes with great risk. Patients expect that governments will work with physicians and that, together, they will put patients’ interests first.
We encourage you to accept the Ontario Medical Association’s offer to continue negotiations, without any preconditions. A renewed approach that helps to find common ground has no risk and lots of potential opportunity to balance the current fiscal challenges with the increasing pressures facing the health care system.
Dr. Linda Slocombe, President
Alberta Medical Association
Dr. Nasir Jetha, President
British Columbia Medical Association
Ms. Nancy MacCready Williams, CEO
for Dr. John Chiasson, President
Doctors Nova Scotia
Dr. P.G. Mehta, President
Dr. Rachel Kassner, President
Medical Society of Prince Edward Island
Dr. Robert Rae, President
New Brunswick Medical Society
Dr. Sandra Luscombe, President
Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association
Dr. Peter McArthur, President
Northwest Territories Medical Association
Dr. Doug Weir, President
Ontario Medical Association
Dr Ruth Vander Stelt, President
Quebec Medical Association
Dr. Janet Shannon, President
Saskatchewan Medical Association
Dr. Rao Tadepalli, President and CEO
Yukon Medical Association
Dr. John Haggie, President
Canadian Medical Association