NDP Health & Long-Term Care Critic France Gélinas issued the following statement:

“People go into medical school because they want to help people. But right now our government is painting physicians as money-hungry opportunists. When the government acts this way they are damaging our healthcare system and creating barriers to care for the people who need it the most. 

The government needs to listen to Ontario physicians and get back to the bargaining table. When the government makes unilateral decisions it never works. Regardless of what profession you’re in, finding a middle ground is the key to progress. It may not be comfortable for everyone involved, but it’s how things get done.

This government needs to get back to the bargaining table as soon as possible. Physicians deserve respect and they deserve to be compensated for the hard work they do and the care they provide to Ontarians. The Minister should know better than to cause damage to our healthcare system.”