Member Engagement

Member Engagement

In the spring of 2018, Doctors Nova Scotia (DNS) representatives attended more than 40 meetings with groups of physicians in communities across the province. At each meeting, they asked physicians to share what they thought were the most important issues to be negotiated in the next Master Agreement to better support physicians and patients in Nova Scotia. At the same time, DNS representatives met with the C/AFP departments and academic fee-for-service divisions, to hear their input on negotiations priorities.

In addition to the meetings, DNS also invited each of the 2,414 physicians practising in Nova Scotia to complete the survey between May 15 and June 1. A total of 812 physicians, or 34% of practising members, responded to our questions about their priorities in the upcoming negotiations, and how they would like DNS to approach contract discussions with the government.

Doctors Nova Scotia staff analyzed the survey answers and the input gathered at community meetings, and summarized the highlights in We Asked, You Answered: Doctors Nova Scotia Members’ Negotiation Priorities.
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Members’ Advisory Forums

The Master Agreement and C/AFP Members’ Advisory Forums will provide advice and guidance to the Board of Directors and the negotiations teams before and during negotiations.

Roles and responsibilities

Reporting to the Board of Directors and the negotiations teams, the Members’ Advisory Forums will:

  • provide advice to the Board of Directors and the negotiations teams as they build the association’s contract proposals;
  • provide advice to the Board of Directors and the negotiations teams about what types of initiatives and what type of overall “package” are likely to be ratified by the membership; and
  • serve as ambassadors for the negotiated agreements once they are out for ratification, since they will have been part of the process and have closely followed the negotiations discussions.

Forum members approved

Sixty highly qualified physicians from across Nova Scotia answered the association’s call for expressions of interest for the Master Agreement and C/AFP Members’ Advisory Forums. The applications were carefully reviewed; the Board of Directors approved the list of physicians who will serve on the Master Agreement Members’ Advisory Forum and the Committee of C/AFP Department Heads approved the list of physicians who will serve on the C/AFP Members’ Advisory Forum.

Master Agreement Members’ Advisory Forum

The Master Agreement Members’ Advisory Forum is comprised of 16 physicians. The group is divided evenly between GPs and specialists, with good representation from new-to-practice and later-in-practice physicians, broad geographic reach, good gender diversity, and a combination of fee-for-service (FFS), alternative payment plan (APP), CEC and hourly payment models.

The new members of the Master Agreement Members’ Advisory Forum are:

Name Specialty Community Years in practice
Family physicians
Dr. Simon Bonnington Family medicine Annapolis Royal 29
Dr. Joyce Coles Family medicine Halifax 12
Dr. Chris Cook Family medicine Truro 14
Dr. Michelle Dow Family medicine Clare and Yarmouth 30
Dr. Heather Johnson Family medicine Bridgewater 22
Dr. Bronwen Jones Family medicine Hammonds Plains 27
Dr. Mike MacDonald Family medicine Sydney 2
Dr. Barb O’Neil Family medicine Kennetcook 15
Specialists
Dr. Minoli Amit Pediatrics Antigonish 37
Dr. James Clarke Radiology Halifax 9
Dr. Lori Connors Allergist/Immunologist Halifax 8
Dr. Yvonne Libbus Psychiatry Sydney 25
Dr. Ryan MacDougall Radiology Kentville 6
Dr. Rod McGory General Surgery Sydney 10
Dr. Evan Merrick Cardiology Halifax 6
Dr. Angus Murray

Obstetrics/Gynecology

Truro 3

C/AFP Members’ Advisory Forum

The C/AFP Members’ Advisory Forum (C/AFP MAF) includes each of the 12 C/AFP department heads, plus four C/AFP physician members-at-large. DNS staff worked with the Committee of C/AFP Department Heads to select the physician members-at-large, working to ensure representation from various specialties, from both larger and smaller departments, from both IWK and NSHA facilities, as well as good representation from new-to-practice and later-in-practice physicians.

The physician members who are joining the department heads on the C/AFP MAF are:

Name Specialty Years in practice
Dr. Ketan Kulkarni Pediatrics 5
Dr. Neil Petrie Emergency 6
Dr. Ata Quraishi Medicine 15
Dr. Matthew Rigby Surgery 4