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Ontario doctor group hires self-described union ‘bully’ as advisor and chief negotiator

Written by JERED STUFFCO on May 13, 2013 for The Medical Post

A doctors’ groups that’s been a thorn in the side of the Ontario Medical Association in recent years has hired a controversial union leader to help grow its ranks.

The Coalition of Family Physicians and Specialists of Ontario (COFPS) announced the hiring of Craig Bromell as the group’s new advisor and chief negotiator.

Bromell is a former Toronto police union leader who allegedly used intimidation and forceful tactics to silence critics during his tenure from 1997 to 2003. He even called himself a “bully” for his methods.

COFPS president Dr. Douglas Mark said brining Bromell to the physician realm will help the group attract more members.

“We’re very excited to be able to make this announcement today,” Dr. Mark said in a press release.

The announcement follows a decision from COFPS in December to rebrand itself as DoctorsOntario, which aims to take a more active role in negotiating with the government over fee deals.


Dr. Mark told the Medical Post in December that DoctorsOntario would strive to do more than simply attack the OMA.

“Craig Bromell is a legend in the world of unions and negotiating. We feel very fortunate that he has agreed to work with the doctors of Ontario in hopes of improving our situation,” said Dr. Mark this week.

Bromell, once a disgruntled constable who rallied officer support over a government move to restrict firearm usage for police, said the OMA has been disappointing physicians for too long.

“To be honest, I was initially reluctant when Dr. Mark approached me,” Bromell said in a press release. “However, after meeting with him and other representatives of DoctorsOntario, I’ve come to realize that physicians are in dire need of professional help—especially at the negotiating table.”

Added Dr. Mark: “It’s become obvious to us after the last round of negotiations…that politicians need physician input right from the start in order to come up with viable, lasting solutions. Adding Craig Bromell to our team levels the playing field and dramatically changes the nature of the conversation.”





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