Executive Council
Health and Community Services
September 22, 2008

Provincial Government Reaches Compensation Agreement
with Gynecologic Oncologists

The Honourable Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Honourable Ross Wiseman, Minister of Health and Community Services, today announced that a compensation agreement has been reached between the Provincial Government and gynecologic oncologists. Compensation was the final area outstanding on the list of requests by the group of physicians and that has now been resolved. In addition, Premier Williams said that his government is asking for an early start to negotiations with the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association (NLMA).

"I am more than pleased that we have reached an agreement with these physicians," said Premier Williams. "My primary concern was for the patients and their needs were always uppermost in my mind as we worked through this process. The package we have now provided addresses the matters brought forward by the physicians and puts them at a compensation level that is very competitive with the rest of the country. I also acknowledge that some other physicians groups may have concerns they would like to see us address and, for that reason, I have asked that the NLMA join us at the negotiating table early in the New Year."

The oncology group of physicians � gynecologic, pediatric and hematologic � will receive the same compensation package that was provided to pathologists and medical and radiation oncologists on May 1, 2008, resulting in an annual salary scale increase of approximately $73,000. The increase is retroactive to May 1, 2008. Gross compensation levels for oncologists will now range from $370,000 to $390,000, depending on such variables as the rate of on-call service and whether or not physicians hold Memorial University appointments. An additional three per cent increase will become effective for all physicians on October 1, 2008, based on the Memorandum of Understanding currently in place between the Provincial Government and the NLMA.

"I am certainly pleased that we have positively resolved all the concerns put forward by these oncologists," said Minister Wiseman. "It took some time to work through this process as we wanted to ensure every concern raised was examined thoroughly. The outcome is a positive one for the people of our province, the physicians and our government."

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Media contacts:

Elizabeth Matthews
Director of Communications
Office of the Premier
Glenda Power
Director of Communications
Department of Health and Community Services
709-729-1377, 685-1741



Summary of Provincial Government�s Response
to Requests by Gynecologic Oncologists

Requests Brought Forward by Gynecologic Oncologists

Response by Provincial Government

Organizational Requests
The physicians requested their services be included in the Cancer Care Program. Approved pending application to the clinical chief of the Cancer Care Program, as per normal protocols. The three physicians will be cross-appointed to both the Cancer Care and Women�s Health Programs, with Cancer Care as the primary program.
Additional office space. Approved.
A half-time clinical associate. Approved.
Additional secretarial support (half-time position). Approved.
An additional pharmacist to support the Cancer Care Program. Approved.
Additional nursing training for intraperitoneal chemotherapy. Approved.
A research assistant for clinical trials through the Faculty of Medicine. Approved.
Patient Service Delivery Requests
The introduction of intraperitoneal chemotherapy as a new standard of care for ovarian cancer patients. Approved pending the submission of clinical protocols by the physicians and approval of these protocols by Eastern Health as per normal processes.
Additional operating room (OR) time to introduce laparoscopic surgery. Necessary equipment for laparoscopic surgery will be purchased. Eastern Health is engaging consultants to examine its utilization and allocation of OR times. In addition, renovations are anticipated within the next year to allow for increased OR time for physician groups.
Establishment of subspecialty gynecologic oncology pathology services. Approved. Actively recruiting with option for external sourcing of services as necessary.
Nursing support for peripheral clinics in areas throughout the province. Approved, part of Cancer Care Program mandate.
Compensation Requests
Seeking compensation levels on par with Ontario. New salary scale with an increase of approximately $73,000 per annum.
An additional $15,000 per physician per year for continuing medical education (CME). Each physician will be eligible for up to $5,000 per annum.

2008 09 22                                                      5:00 p.m.


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