Hyperbole in negotiations and politics is nothing new, but what is it that these doctors are hoping to achieve through these tactics?
Dr. Kaif Pardhan studied medicine at the University of Manitoba and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Toronto. During his final year of training, he was the President of the Professional Association of Residents of Ontario (PARO). He is currently pursuing a Masters of Medical Education at the University of Dundee. Dr. Pardhan is currently a Staff Emergency Physician at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and McMaster Children’s Hospital. His interests include medical education, fatigue management in residency training, physician leadership and healthcare administration. Views his own.
doctors pushing for job action continually draw a link between a new physician contract and improved patient care, a link that is tenuous at best and a sly marketing tool at worst. A physician contract is about physician income. If doctors take job action, it will be to increase the amount they are paid by tax payers.
02/16/2017 03:26 EST
By rejecting the PSA, physicians have turned their backs on the proposed system of co-management. Physicians have clearly identified that they can see the failings of the system and it is critical that those perspectives are heard by government to ensure that the solutions implemented are effective.
08/22/2016 10:43 EDT
Many voting against the PSA argue that a fixed budget prevents physicians from providing necessary care to patients. No one is suggesting this. Patients who need care will be seen, necessary tests and surgeries will be done, family and specialist clinics will still see patients and physicians will continue to get paid to provide these services.
08/10/2016 02:30 EDT
These are challenging times for physicians, governments and patients. We need to have peace and we need to rebuild trust in order to improve the health system in Ontario and the health of our patients. After 18 months of scorched earth tactics we are open to trying something different.
08/05/2016 10:31 EDT
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