12/10/2012 03:43 EST | Updated 02/09/2013 05:12 EST

Alberta government, doctors, agree to resume negotiations on new contract

CALGARY - The Alberta government and doctors are going back to the bargaining table.

Health Minister Fred Horne and Alberta Medical Association president Michael Guiffre (jew-free) today announced on an open line radio show (Rutherford-CHQR-CHED) that they have agreed to resume talks.

Guiffre says the province has agreed to the doctors' demand to have a settlement imposed last month withdrawn.

Horne says the imposed settlement — which was four years and $463 million — was meant to be the province's plan if a negotiated deal could not be reached.

A facilitator will help the two sides reach a plan to deal with outstanding issues.

The facilitator will be named by the end of December with the hope of a signed agreement by the end of February.