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YOUR HEALTHCARE IS UNDER THREAT


The Ontario Liberal government has unilaterally cut $1.8 Billion from the patient services your doctors provide since January 2015. They have implemented reckless programs targeting new family medicine graduates. They are now revamping the healthcare system and changing the way all physicians in Ontario practice -- all without any front-line input.

Family doctors are having to close their doors. Specialists and surgeons are leaving the province. Graduating residents are being forced to start their practices elsewhere.

Ontario's physicians are now forced to ration care for their patients.

We are on your side and we are telling you that the current Government is dismantling medicare piece by piece.

We are your Concerned Ontario Doctors, and we are standing up and fighting to save our healthcare system.

We need to bring Canadian values back to Ontario.

Please add your voice to ours to tell the Ontario Government what healthcare should look like!

A PRIMER ON THE CUTS TO PHYSICIAN FUNDING: MYTHS & FACTS


Toronto, ON (March 20, 2016)– Funding for physician services has been cut since 2012. These cuts escalated uncontrollably and unilaterally in 2015. Moreover, the Ontario Liberals introduced absurd programs (like the Managed Entry Program or the New Graduate Entry Program) that have made it nearly impossible for family physicians to set up new practices. Similarly, the Liberals have made it very difficult for specialists to provide necessary services as easily as they did before. Ontario’s Doctors compensated for the damage from the Liberal Government's cuts from 2012 to 2014. But now, the cuts have become so severe that we cannot make up for the Liberal Government’s short-sighted decisions on our own. Patient care is being affected.

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ONTARIO DOCTORS SPEAK OUT AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AT THE HANDS OF WYNNE’S LIBERALS

Toronto, ON (April 11, 2017)— Ontario doctors have now entered into their fourth year without a contract – unprecedented in Canada. Since 2015, the Ontario Liberal government has unilaterally cut over $2.5 Billion from the patient services physicians provide leading to ever growing specialist wait times, OR closures, ER gridlocks and one million patients in the province without a family doctor. To individual Ontario physicians, the stark reality is they struggle to make ends meet with funding that is 55% less than recommended by the OMA today. Furthermore, despite being an essential service, this government has denied physicians the right to binding arbitration and have instead created a toxic environment.

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CONCERNED ONTARIO DOCTORS ROLL TO VICTORY IN HISTORIC OMA COUNCIL ELECTION

Toronto, ON (March 20, 2017) -- March 7th 2017 will be a day remembered for a seismic change that rolled across Ontario medical politics. For the first time, an organized campaign led to the election of a large contingent of passionate, frontline physicians to many positions on the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) Council.

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RESIGNATIONS OF THE ONTARIO MEDICAL ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE

Toronto, ON (February 7, 2017) - Concerned Ontario Doctors (COD) and the Coalition of Ontario Doctors called yesterday’s partial resignation of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) Executive members a positive first step in the rehabilitation of the OMA’s governance structure and its duty to represent all Ontario doctors fairly. The resignation is partial because the same individuals remain on the OMA Board for the time being leaving many unanswered questions.

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UNPRECEDENTED LOSS OF CONFIDENCE MOTION IN OMA EXECUTIVE PASSED

ONTARIO MEDICAL ASSOCIATION KNOWINGLY MISLEADS DOCTORS AND PUBLIC ABOUT LEADERSHIP CRISIS - Toronto, ON (January 30, 2017) - For the first time in the Ontario Medical Association's (OMA) history, Council has passed a resolution declaring it has lost confidence in the OMA Executive Committee by a 55% vote. Despite that, an OMA communication released immediately after the meeting knowingly lied about Council members who had expressed a clear non-confidence motion against the Executive. In the opening sentence of the OMA news release it shockingly stated, “doctors in Ontario affirmed their confidence in the elected leaders of the OMA”.

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2017: ONTARIO LIBERALS MARK THE END OF PATIENT PRIVACY

Toronto, ON (January 9, 2017) - With the passage of Bill 41, the "Patients First Act", into law on December 8, 2016, the Ontario Liberal government is embarking on a path to radically alter the way healthcare is delivered in Ontario. At a time when public support and confidence in the Wynne government is at an all time low due to the mismanagement of public services including Hydro and eHealth, there will be a ballooning of healthcare bureaucracy, further diverting millions more from frontline patient care in a healthcare system already underfunded and mismanaged.

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COALITION OF ONTARIO DOCTORS DENOUNCE HEALTH MINISTER’S LATEST ASSAULT ON DOCTORS

LIBERAL HEALTH MINISTER HOSKINS MUST RESIGN TO PROTECT PATIENTS - Toronto, ON (December 15, 2016) - The Coalition of Ontario Doctors concluded a meeting last night calling for the immediate resignation of Health Minister Eric Hoskins arising from his latest attempt to misdirect blame for his mismanagement of the health care system and his continuing efforts to marginalise practising physicians and their medical leaders, including the Ontario Medical Association (OMA).

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SEND A STRONG MESSAGE DURING THE PROVINCIAL BY-ELECTIONS: DEMAND THE ONTARIO LIBERALS MAKE HEALTHCARE A PRIORITY

Ottawa, ON (November 16, 2016) – Over the past several weeks, Ontario’s patients and doctors have come together to highlight the devastating impacts of the Ontario Liberal government’s short-sighted healthcare cuts. Concerned Ontario Doctors held public rallies in STONEY CREEK (click for video) on November 5 and OTTAWA (click for video) on November 6 to highlight the growing healthcare crisis that has stricken the province and for the residents of the Niagara Region and Ottawa-Vanier to see past the political spin to understand exactly what these cuts mean to their and their family’s care.

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ONTARIO LIBERAL OPIOID STRATEGY FAILS TO ADEQUATELY ADDRESS PROVINCIAL CRISIS

Toronto, ON (October 14, 2016) — It would appear that the Ontario Liberals are finally starting to realize that their strategy of “cutting funds first, asking questions later” is simply not working. In October 2015, the Ontario Liberals introduced drastic cuts to OHIP funding for opioid addiction treatment. These cuts were made with under one month’s notice and have resulted in multiple addiction clinic closures and reduced hours of access -- all in the midst of the worst opioid overdose epidemic the province has ever seen.

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ONTARIO LIBERALS TO WASTE MILLIONS MORE ON THE EXPANSION OF HEALTHCARE BUREAUCRACY WITH TODAY'S BILL 41 ANNOUNCEMENT

Toronto, ON (October 6, 2016) — Today, the Ontario Liberal government is set to continue what may be its most destructive, scandal-in-waiting odyssey yet: the introduction of Bill 41. With the previous passage of Bill 119 (the Health Information Protection Act) in May, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) can now access any Ontario patient’s private medical record. Never before has a provincial government been able to do to this and even physicians are unclear as to why bureaucrats would require such far-reaching access. Long considered a patient's private and personal domain, a medical record is now accessible, under law, by government appointed bureaucrats – and without a patient’s consent.

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SCARBOROUGH-ROUGE RIVER SENDS A CLEAR MESSAGE TO THE ONTARIO LIBERALS: MAKE HEALTHCARE A PRIORITY

Scarborough, ON (September 6, 2016) – On September 1, 2016, Scarborough-Rouge River voters sent a clear message to the Ontario Liberals: make healthcare a provincial priority. In a historic by-election, the Progressive Conservative candidate, Raymond Cho, was elected in a riding that has been held by Liberal MPPs since its inception in 1999. Prior to that, the area had been in the Scarborough North riding and held by Liberal MPP Alvin Curling since 1985. Breaking through a Liberal stronghold dating back decades is indicative of just how upset Ontarians are with Kathleen Wynne’s handling of healthcare and hydro, the two key voter concerns during this by-election.

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COALITION OF ONTARIO DOCTORS BREAK SILENCE ON BACK-ROOM DOCTOR DEAL

Toronto, ON (July 21, 2016) - The announcement of the tentative contract between the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) on July 11 was met with widespread shock. In the past week and a half, thousands of physicians across Ontario have spoken out about the many flaws in the contract -- flaws that will undermine patient care. For this reason, the Coalition of Ontario Doctors held a Queen's Park press conference to reveal the back-room deals that brokered a misleading doctor deal. This Coalition represents over 19,000 family doctors and specialists from Concerned Ontario Doctors, Doctors Ontario and nine OMA sections (including medical, surgical and diagnostic specialties). Thousands of doctors across Ontario are calling for a public inquiry into the negotiations process between the OMA and the MOH.

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PUBLIC RALLY HIGHLIGHTS GROWING UNREST WITH NEW TENTATIVE DOCTORS CONTRACT

Toronto, ON (July 25, 2016) - Approximately 300 supporters braved the heat and humidity to stand in solidarity with Concerned Ontario Doctors on July 22 and protest a new tentative physicians' contract that undermines patient care. The rally began with speeches by patients and doctors at the Ministry of Health offices on Grosvenor Street. Then accompanied by Toronto Police and cheerful honks, the protestors marched, cheering "No way to the PSA!" and "Put Patients First!" all the way to the Bloor Street offices of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA).

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COALITION OF ONTARIO DOCTORS BREAK SILENCE ON BACK-ROOM DOCTOR DEAL

Toronto, ON (July 21, 2016) - The announcement of the tentative contract between the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) on July 11 was met with widespread shock. In the past week and a half, thousands of physicians across Ontario have spoken out about the many flaws in the contract -- flaws that will undermine patient care. For this reason, the Coalition of Ontario Doctors held a Queen's Park press conference to reveal the back-room deals that brokered a misleading doctor deal. This Coalition represents over 19,000 family doctors and specialists from Concerned Ontario Doctors, Doctors Ontario and nine OMA sections (including medical, surgical and diagnostic specialties). Thousands of doctors across Ontario are calling for a public inquiry into the negotiations process between the OMA and the MOH.

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ONTARIO LIBERALS STILL REFUSE TO ADEQUATELY FUND HEALTHCARE: NEW TENTATIVE PHYSICIAN’S CONTRACT - A WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING

Toronto, ON (July 12, 2016) - Thousands of physicians were shocked to read in the newspapers yesterday that their representative organization, the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), had reached a tentative agreement with the Ministry of Health. Front-line physicians had no inkling that negotiations were even taking place. Physicians were angry to hear about the proposed contract from the media rather than the OMA and before even having the opportunity to study the details of this tentative agreement.

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ONTARIO LIBERALS OUT OF CONTROL: NEW POLICIES INFRINGE ON PRIVACY & INCREASE BUREAUCRACY

Toronto, ON (June 13, 2016) - The Ontario Liberals are determined to revamp the healthcare system as we know it. In the past six months, they have introduced two bills, Bill 119 and Bill 210, that will fundamentally affect the way healthcare is delivered on the frontlines. While some of their ideas sound great on the surface, many more are troubling because they intrude on personal privacy and they value bureaucracy over patient care.

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OFFICIAL OPPOSITION JOINS CONCERNED ONTARIO DOCTORS AND CALLS FOR HEALTH MINISTER'S RESIGNATION

Toronto, ON - Question Period on Monday, May 30 was marked by a determined, almost frenetic focus on Ontario's healthcare system. With only two weeks to go until Queen's Park breaks for the Summer (and, rumour has it, hibernates through the Fall) every single member of the Official Opposition -- even if it wasn't their usual Ministerial responsibility –- stood and questioned the Liberal government on their mishandling of the healthcare portfolio. This dramatic show of unity was witnessed by members of Concerned Ontario Doctors, a grassroots physician advocacy group that has advocated loudly against Liberal healthcare cuts.

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DOCTORS BURNING OUT IN A FAILING HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

Toronto, ON (May 25, 2016) – Last week, Ontario's Financial Accountability Office evaluated the province’s fiscal outlook. In terms of Ontario’s healthcare system, the FAO report independently confirmed what Concerned Ontario Doctors have said all along: in contrast to promises made via expensive radio and print ads, the Ontario Liberals have short-changed healthcare for the past four years by an ever-increasing margin. This disparity reached an all-time high in 2015. All things considered, healthcare needs in Ontario grew by 5.2% in 2015; the Ontario Liberals’ so-called investment was 1.5%, not even a third of what was necessary to maintain standard of care in Ontario's healthcare system.

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CUTS HURT CARE: HEALTH MINISTER HOSKINS NEEDS TO FACE FACTS

Toronto, ON (May 12, 2016) - In the interest of sticking to a budget that completely underestimates patient need, Health Minister Eric Hoskins has imposed a questionable and unsafe contract upon physicians. He has vilified physicians in the media. He has initiated programs that have left new graduates unable to start a practice in their home-towns. He has instated fee cuts that have left physicians struggling to properly fund necessary medical equipment, staff and community-based offices. The inevitable result of thoughtless actions like these has been a rising tide of patient service reductions, staff lay-offs, unplanned physician retirements, physician relocations, hopeless physician morale, and escalating clinic closures across Ontario.

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CONCERNED ONTARIO DOCTORS HOLD QUEEN'S PARK RALLY TO DEMAND "PATIENTS BEFORE POLITICS"

Toronto, ON (April 20, 2016) - On Saturday, April 23 from noon to 3pm, Concerned Ontario Doctors are gathering on the South Lawn of Queen's Park to demand accountability and collaboration from the Ontario Liberals. This rally is open to all healthcare stakeholders, especially patients and the public. In fact, supporters are being bused in from each corner of the province, from Ottawa and Kingston to Midland and Cambridge, with hundreds planning to stand shoulder to shoulder with their doctors.

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LIBERAL 2016 BUDGET MORE SMOKE & MIRRORS WITH NO PLAN TO ADDRESS GROWING PHYSICIAN CRISIS

Toronto, ON (February 29, 2016)– Concerned Ontario Doctors watched with great anticipation to see what the focus of this year's provincial budget will be. To great disappointment, much of the budget was smoke and mirrors, of promises and programs that seemed attractive on the surface, a facade that, like a cheap trinket, cracked under closer scrutiny.

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A DEADLINE TO TRANSFORM HEALTHCARE GIVES LITTLE TIME FOR GENUINE INPUT, STATE CONCERNED ONTARIO DOCTORS

Toronto, ON (February 17, 2016) - On December 17, 2015, the Ontario Liberals released Patients First, a new plan to revamp healthcare delivery across all of Ontario. They claim it will streamline healthcare delivery and improve access to primary care. Their strategy is founded on reorganizing healthcare at the level of the family doctor, adding in more bureaucrats for up to 80 sub-LHINs and no actual increase in front-line healthcare workers.

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