VIDEO: OMA Takes Legal Action Against The Province
They claim the government doesn't want to bargain in good faith without Ontario's doctors agreeing to strict terms first, violating the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Which is why the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) is taking the province to court, filing a constitutional challenge today with hopes that unilateral OHIP fee cuts will be reversed.
It also wants the province to compensate doctors for any extra money they had to pay because of the fee cuts, clarify the scope of the OMA's representation of doctors and make sure the province doesn't go over the OMA's head again during the bargaining process.
The OMA isn't happy with the way the province has bargained in public, spoken to other doctor's groups or questioned the organizations right to represent doctors.
The province's tone was different this time around according to OMA head Dr. Doug Weir, who says they had no intention of negotiating at all.
He claims the government left them no choice but to pursue legal action, noting the province has refused to come to talks with a conciliator.
However he says the OMA is open to continue with discussions with a conciliator there.
As for if this means the OMA will stop its legal action if the province comes back to the table, Weir says they'll have to see where negotiations would take them.
The government responded later in the day.
"I am disappointed that the OMA has chosen this route, as opposed to doing what Ontarians expect of us – working together in a boardroom, not a courtroom," Health Minister Deb Matthews said in a statement.
Matthews goes on to say the province and its doctors need to make the right decisions for patients now to protect our universal health care system in the future.