Alberta doctors will vote on a new tentative agreement with the province on Tuesday

« This agreement restores fair and appropriate mechanisms to manage doctors’ compensation. We haven’t had that for two years, » says the doctor’s association prez.

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Alberta doctors are expected to begin voting Tuesday on the fate of a new tentative deal with the province.

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The government and the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) have not had a framework agreement since early 2020, after UCP Bill 21 gave the province the power to unilaterally rescind its agreement with doctors.

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In a letter to members on Friday, WADA President Vesta Michelle Warren said a new tentative agreement had been reached.

“We are working together to address the serious challenges facing the health care system and issues raised by physicians across the province,” read a joint statement from Warren and Health Minister Jason Copping.

« We share the same objectives of stabilizing the health system, including the medical practices that are part of the infrastructure. »

The government is not making public announcements during the period of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II.

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Warren cited fee improvements and how the deal « restores physicians as leaders” in the health care system.

“This agreement restores fair and appropriate mechanisms to manage physician compensation. We haven’t had this for two years. »

She noted the AMA Board of Trustees « strongly supports” the new agreement.

« This will give us a fresh start and provide stability moving forward,” his letter read.

WADA says details of the terms of the agreement are not being made public, « out of respect for the ratification process ».

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He added that he would not comment or grant interviews to the media, « to allow members to examine the deal on all of its merits. »

An earlier tentative agreement between the two sides was rejected by doctors in 2021.

Opposition health spokesman David Shepherd told reporters on Monday that any new deal would not erase the years of accumulated bad blood between the two sides.

“No matter what agreement is signed, we will always have a fundamental distrust of this government and its intentions,” he said.

Alberta doctors can vote on the new package between Tuesday and September 28.

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