04/23/2013 06:17 EDT | Updated 06/23/2013 05:12 EDT

Alberta Doctors Contract With Government A Step Closer To Deal


EDMONTON - The Alberta government and the province's physicians are another step closer to a seven-year contract.

The president of the Alberta Medical Association says the memorandum of understanding it reached last week with the government has been hammered into a full tentative agreement.

Dr. Michael Giuffre says the deal is now to be reviewed by association leaders, and if approved, will be sent out next month to its 8,000 members for a ratification vote.

The vote deadline is May 29.

The contract calls for no increase in government funding for rates, programs or benefits in the first three years.

A 2.5 per cent raise is scheduled for the next two years, followed by a cost of living adjustment in the final two years and a one-time, total lump sum payment of $68 million within 90 days of the deal being approved.

The association has said the tentative deal will give physicians more of a say in health care while recognizing the government's financial situation.

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