Doctors Nova Scotia reaches tentative agreement with government

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Doctors Nova Scotia has reached tentative agreements with the Department of Health and Wellness on new four-year contracts, if ratified by Nova Scotia’s physicians.

“We believe we have now reached the best deals possible for Nova Scotia’s physicians and most importantly for our patients,” said Dr. Michelle Dow, President of Doctors Nova Scotia. Dr. Dow was installed as President of Doctors Nova Scotia at the June 2016 annual conference, on June 4 in Digby, N.S.

The tentative agreements were reached after one year at the negotiations table. On Friday, June 3, the association’s board of directors recommended the tentative agreements go to physicians for ratification.

Physicians were informed of the tentative deals on Saturday, June 4. They will have the opportunity to vote throughout the month of June. Doctors Nova Scotia will not be discussing the content details with the public until after ratification. A public announcement of those results is expected at the end of the month.

If ratified, these four-year contracts will replace the 2008 Master Agreement and all previous academic funding plan (AFP) agreements. The agreements impact more than 2,800 physicians.

The Master Agreement expired on March 31, 2015, some of the AFP agreements have been expired for many years.

. Source: Media Release

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