The provincial government and the Alberta Medical Association appear to be set to resume contract negotiations with the goal of reaching a deal by the end of February.

A few preliminary matters need to be resolved before both sides sit down. A facilitator and a process need to be agreed upon. A decision also must be made on what issues will be discussed.

Relations between the province and the AMA have been fractious ever since last month when Health Minister Fred Horne imposed a deal because he felt that 20 months of talks had resulted in an impasse.

In late November, talks looked like they were ready to resume after Horne met with AMA president Dr. Michael Giuffre.

Less than a week later, Giuffre accused Horne of negotiating in bad faith because he was coming to the table with the same conditions as before.