And Haggie acknowledged that formal collective bargaining had not yet begun. “I think they are concerned about the economic environment. They are worried about their problems and I think that is part of the move towards negotiations in which we are actually conducting collective bargaining,” he said. We have certainly not yet entered into collective bargaining, but we have participated in (regular) discussions on monetary issues. The Labour Standards Act (section 43.11(2)) stipulates that a worker must provide his or her employer with a certificate from a qualified physician for a period of three or more consecutive days. Many collective agreements also contain provisions requiring a medical certificate for successive absences shorter than the new NLMA directive. The NLMA recognizes this and has advised physicians to use their discretion when the patient is a member of a union subject to such an agreement. Employees in the collective unit should also consult their respective collective agreements and the provisions of the collective agreement take precedence. While the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has reached a preliminary agreement with some of its public employees, physicians in the province are tired of the lack of movement to talk to them. The professional relationship between doctors and central health is formally documented in the statutes of medical personnel of the central health authority. The Medical Staff Committee exists as a mechanism for informing physicians on administrative and organizational matters and provides a channel of staff views, collectively and individually, to reach management.
Central Health physicians are organized into groups based on their clinical disciplines and health field. Each of these groups has a chief or medical director who sits on a medical advisory committee. The Chief medical officer or director is responsible for the effective organization, management and functioning of medical staff within the program/service, health or transfer center. The Regional Medical Advisory Board is represented by each of the two Transfer Centre Medical Advisory Committees and the Rural Medical Advisory Committee. Medical policy committees provide advice and recommendations on the management of medical staff, the quality of medical care and the planning of medical staff. “We had a collective agreement that was reached in 2017 and we are still waiting to go to the bargaining table to start negotiations on this,” NLMA President Charlene Fitzgerald told CBC News. “The delay is irresponsible because meaningful improvements for patients in the province can only begin once we have reached an agreement. New models of family practice to reduce the number of unaffiliated patients are not discussed,” Fitzgerald said. The association quoted Haggie as saying, “They need time to have their ducks lined up, we need time to have our ducks online for our formal collective bargaining.” Haggie said most of the issues raised relate to issues that would be included in a collective agreement, but he wouldn`t go so far as to say that the organization simply asks.
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