Alberta government looks to side deals with specialists in war with provincial medical association - 2020-07-21
The Kenney government yesterday again escalated its continuing war with the Alberta Medical Association, indicating it would consider letting rival groups representing medical specialties quit the doctors' collective bargaining association and negotiate directly with the government.
In a statement obviously intended to rock the AMA, Health Minister Tyler Shandro commented favourably on a news release by the Eye Physicians and Surgeons Association of Alberta that called on the government to let it bypass the AMA and bargain directly on behalf of Alberta's ophthalmologists.
Shandro also directly thanked EPSAA president Vikram Lekhi, who is also president of the AMA's ophthalmology section, "for contributing to this important policy discussion." Needless to say, given the timing, that contribution could seriously undermine the AMA's bargaining position.