Province and Doctors Reach Tentative Contract Agreement
The province and the Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) have reached a tentative five-year contract agreement for April 1, 2017, to March 31, 2022.
“We value our physicians, both for the exceptional patient care they provide to our citizens and their leadership across the health care system,” Health Minister Jim Reiter said. “This tentative agreement supports fair and competitive compensation that recognizes their integral role in providing high quality health services.”
SMA President Dr. Barb Konstantynowicz said she is pleased that after more than three years of bargaining, a tentative agreement is now being put to a vote by Saskatchewan’s physicians for ratification.
“I urge physicians across the province to review the information the SMA is providing on the tentative agreement,” Dr. Konstantynowicz said. “The new agreement supports physicians in many key ways, and ensures that the profession can properly adapt to the changing needs of patients. The SMA Board of Directors is recommending that members accept this tentative agreement.”
More than 2,500 physicians in Saskatchewan are expected to complete the ratification vote by mid-August. Details of the agreement will be released after the ratification process has been completed.