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Lack of trust led to doctors rejecting labour deal: AMA president

Last Updated Apr 12, 2021 at 11:48 am MDT

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EDMONTON – The head of the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) said a lack of trust was one of the key reasons the recent labour deal was rejected by physicians.

Dr. Paul Boucher said before he and Health Minister Tyler Shandro can even begin negotiating the nuts and bolts of a new deal, that trust must be regained.

Boucher said he and Shandro are meeting again, almost two weeks after the rank-and-file physicians of the AMA refused to ratify the tentative deal brokered by both sides.

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The deal was reached more than a year after Shandro tore up the last contract and imposed new fees and rules on doctors.

Doctors pushed back and the two sides feuded as COVID-19 swept through the province.

Shandro said the province is committed to working collaboratively with the AMA.