FOM disappointed doctors and province could not reach a deal
Friends of Medicare is disappointed a 3-year deal could not be reached between the province and its doctors.
Executive Director David Eggen says the government is in a holding pattern and not dealing with health care issues.
Though the government has told the Alberta Medical Association it will continue with the status quo for one year until a new deal is reached, Eggen doesn't expect anything to happen too quickly.
"I think there's a provincial election that is getting in the way of proper decision making," says Eggen. "I think that it's possible to hash out a deal if both parties sit at the table in good faith."
AMA president Dr. P.J. White says both sides couldn't agree on issues of how to share decision-making powers and resolve differences.
Health minister Gene Zwozdesky says he plans to meet with Dr. White soon. (ph)