The OMA board director-elect admits she’s wary of upcoming talks between the province and the Ontario Medical Association.
Premier Wynne has indicated the talks on a new service agreement will begin shortly, but Nadia Alam is concerned that the talks won’t get to the root of the problems in the healthcare system.
Alam says the negotiations shouldn’t just be about a new pay structure for physicians, they need to include reforms the improve the health care system as a whole.
She says patients need to know the negotiations will improve home care, ER’s, surgeries and increase the number of hospital beds.
The former Concerned Ontario Doctors leader says the time for PR stunts and political games has passed and real changes are needed now.
But Alam is worried the province still won’t listen to the doctors who are suggesting ways to improve the system.
She says it’s like building a kitchen without talking to the chefs and cooks who work in it.
The doctors have been working without a new fee schedule and services agreement for three years.
No date for the new round of negotiations has been set yet.