Aug 16, 2016

By Christine Ross

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Despite calls for his resignation, Ontario’s health minister says he will not step down after Ontario doctors rejected the provinces 4-year deal.Eric Hoskins says he’s he still believes an agreement can be reached and is open to binding arbitration in a new round of any negotiations.He assured Ontarians that the no vote will not jeopardize patient care or access. Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown told ‘Fight Back’ with host Libby Znaimer that the Liberals are neglecting healthcare for the provinces most vulnerable including seniors and new Canadians. He adds the health minister was bullying doctors to accept a deal to ‘ration care for patients’ to offset Liberal waste. Meantime, the Ontario Medical Association says it’s going to ask doctors to give it a new negotiating mandate. Sixty-three per cent of O-M-A members voted against the deal which would have raised their budget by 2.5 percent in each of four years. Hoskins says he still believes that an agreement with the doctors is the best path forward. He believes the O-M-A has been a good partner in negotiations and calls it “regrettable” that the membership rejected the deal.

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