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Tentative Agreement Reached

MSPEI's Negotiations Team has reached a Tentative Agreement with the government and Health PEI. It will now be put before the MSPEI membership for a vote.

To support members in understanding the contract and making an informed vote, details of the contract, when available, will be posted on a secure website vote.mspei.org. Eligible voters will be emailed details on how to access this website.

If you are an eligible voter and have not received an email notification from MSPEI on the Tentative Agreement, please contact:

Donna Lamont
Membership Coordinator
E: donna@mspei.org
P: 902-368-7303 ext. 103

Negotiations Priorities

Leading up to negotiations members were asked to identify priorities to guide the Negotiations Team.  Those priorities were:

  • Primary care needs attention: family doctors and specialists alike flagged the need to improve access to primary care services to address growing demands and complexity.
  • Workforce: the physician workforce is fragile and unsustainable, burn-out is real, and an inflexible system is an issue. You want a healthier work environment and physician workforce.
  • Compensation: we need to be competitive with other provinces to support recruitment and retention efforts, and we need to ensure groups within the province are treated fairly.
  • Innovation: the Master Agreement has the potential to enable better use of technology and innovative care models.
  • Recruitment: recruitment challenges are significant; there is no give in the system, and prolonged vacancies create unsustainable demands on the existing workforce.

Physicians Provide Valuable Input

Thank you to all PEI physicians who provided as the Negotiations Team prepared for upcoming bargaining. In preparing for negotiations, the Negotiations Team:

  • Heard from 182 members through an online negotiations survey
  • Met with about 75 members at four community round-table discussions
  • Hosted 20 or so early-career physicians at a drop-in negotiations meeting
  • Received 50+ submissions through the Negotiations Funding Form request process

This feedback helped the team to understand the issues and opportunities physicians see day-to-day and approach negotiations with a view to how the Master Agreement can have the greatest impact on improving the medical profession and patient care.

Negotiations Process

Environmental Scan & Input Gathering

This includes:

  • Learning from other provinces and how they have used their Master Agreements to improve patient care, support the profession and promote recruiting to their province.
  • Learning from PEI physicians. This included a membership survey, roundtable meetings and an online feedback form.
  • Thinking about the health-care system broadly and considering how the Master Agreement can advance big system issues such as improved access to primary care, the use of virtual care and reducing common workplace stressors for physicians.

Identifying Priorities

By considering member priorities and understanding larger system issues, the Negotiations Committee identifies priorities. Consideration is given to the impact on improving patient care, advancing the profession as a whole and costing.

Bargaining

It is at this stage where MSPEI, government and Health PEI “come to the table” to discuss their problems, ideas and expectations. Using an interest-based negotiations approach, all parties strive to achieve a mutually beneficial agreement that will serve Island patients and the physician population and align with the values and priorities of Health PEI and government.

Negotiations Communications Protocol

As with previous years, once the Negotiations Team enters formal talks, there will be little communications to members on the substance of these discussions.  This is consistent with bargaining best practices and helps create an environment where both parties can talk freely without influence or even interference from interest-groups, media or other stakeholder groups.

Negotiations Team

Dr. Brad Brandon, Chair

Dr. Megan Armstrong

Dr. Larry Pan

Mr. Ron Pink, QC, Chief Negotiator

 

Supported by:

Lea Bryden, CEO

Tamzin Gillis, In-House Legal Counsel

Derek Law, Economics Advisor

For more information, contact:

Tamzin Gillis

In-House Legal Counsel

tamzin@mspei.org

902-368-7303 ext.106