Canadian doctors try to garner public support to fight pay freeze

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 01 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3835
  1. Barbara Kermode-Scott
  1. 1Calgary

A dispute between the government of Ontario and the province’s medical profession over the remuneration of doctors that exploded in early May has spread to the rest of Canada. The Ontario government and Ontario Medical Association have sought and gained allies from across Canada as they engage in a battle to win public opinion.

Ontario’s provincial government took the first shot in the current war of words on 7 May 2012 when Premier Dalton McGuinty’s government withdrew from negotiations with the medical profession and announced that Ontario was imposing “a real wage freeze” for doctors to invest “more …

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