UPDATE: OMA reaches tentative deal with Province
After a back and forth battle, the province has reached a tentative deal with the Ontario Medical Association (OMA).
It's now up to the province's doctors to vote on it next month.
Despite a hardline stance taken by the province when it comes to doctor's OHIP fee schedules after it tweaked them this May, it looks like health officials budged.
Health Minister Deb Matthews defends the decision to reverse the fees, underlining the province listened to the doctor's concerns. The tentative deal would also give doctors $100 million more in total compensation.
Matthews says that will be offset by savings in the health sector which she points out doctors have control of.
Opposition at Queen's Park is more than skeptical of how much this tentative deal with the OMA is costing taxpayers.
PC leader Tim Hudak says it sounds like the Liberal government has added $100 million to the provincial debt.
Hudak says he's watching a flailing government backtracking on deals. NDP House leader Gilles Bisson says the Liberals sound confused, first pushing for austerity measures and then giving doctors more money.
The province initially took a hardline stance to the OHIP fee cuts it implemented this spring but has reversed a handful of them.
If approved, the deal will last until 2014.