Negotiations update – mediation unsuccessful

February 15, 2020

Dear Members:
 
On January 31, I wrote to inform members that our negotiations with government were moving to mediation. Unfortunately, that voluntary mediation process was not successful.

There are a few possibilities for next steps. Some of which the parties can do together, others that would be done separately. We are actively exploring our options and will be reaching out to the Health Minister to discuss a way forward that will satisfy the needs of Albertans and treat physicians fairly.

Physicians are well aware that these are challenging times in our province, which is why it is more important than ever for government and physicians to work together in the best overall interests of patients.

It is essential that physicians and government find a way forward to reach a respectful settlement that will meet the needs of Albertans. We need to be able to examine problems, reach conclusions and enter into agreements that physicians can depend on. We are committed to doing our part to make this happen.

I will provide further updates to members in the coming days.

Please let me know what you think in the following ways:

  • Communicate with me privately and directly by email if you would like a reply: president@albertadoctors.org 
  • Comment publicly below on this President’s Letter (please be aware that comments are public, i.e., not members-only, even if you are logged in as a member).

In your service, 

Christine P. Molnar, MD, FRCPC 
President, Alberta Medical Association

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  • #1

    James Currie

    Physician

    2:41 PM on February 15, 2020

    I believe that a "respectful settlement' with this UCP government is not possible.
    In addition to that, our fellow health care workers will find the same obdurate approach, and unfortunately the nurses, other professions and ancillary workers can be bludgeoned into submission by legislation.
    We must all stand together against this disreputable government which arbitrarily has abrogated our previous agreement.

  • #2

    D D

    Physician

    4:42 PM on February 15, 2020

    So the mediation is unsuccessful as things stand !!!!!

    I would like to know what was AMA’s offer / counter proposal to government ?

    If the first proposal failed do you have a second offer / proposal ?

    Having spoken to MLAs and listening to general commentary on radio my feeling is there is very little sympathy for physician pay cut. We also have to be realistic in our current economic climate. Nurses and teachers who have much greater political clout than us physicians are getting a pay cut. We could not expect to go unscathed through this process.

    So I strongly feel this is the right time to take care of the significant disparity in fees amongst the speciality. Disparity in fees have no rational explanation.Fees are simply geared to benefit diagnostics and procedures.

    Have we offered the government a greater percentage cut from the higher billing speciality ? This way we can get them their dollar figure without throwing the family Drs under the bus.

    Unfortunately these fees have been negotiated over time by AMA. Can we expect the current AMA board to any better ?

  • #3

    Joty

    Physician

    5:37 PM on February 15, 2020

    I've lost confidence in this process. I will be leaving the province as I do not feel appreciated or valued by our government. The amount of SLANDERING by the health minister towards physicians, nurses and health workers is an embarrassment. It is a difficult decision to leave my family medicine practice, but I feel that I have been pushed so far into a corner that there is basically no choice.

  • #4

    Alan Chu

    Physician

    6:05 PM on February 15, 2020

    Just let us know when the strike days are on and what they look like. Happy to use my ucalgary email — this is a non-partisan act, just using best evidence, academic and professional, for what I know is best for patients in Alberta. In turn, I think Albertans will expect their physicians to stand up for their health interests — slashing fees for family physicians and on-call physicians is good for nobody. Our patients rely on us to call things as they are — government acting to demonstrate publicly that they are cutting costs and doctors telling them their actions will lead to patient morbidity and mortality. It’s our job, Patients First.

  • #5

    Anton

    Physician

    1:31 AM on February 19, 2020

    In response to Alan Chu [comment #4]

    How would a doctors' strike look like?

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