The outgoing president of the Yukon Medical Association is angry with the territory's Health Minister.

Doctor Rao Tadepalli wants to know why Doug Graham seems ready to pick a fight with Yukon doctors.

In an open letter, Graham defended the government's efforts to recruit new doctors to the territory and disputed the Y-M-A's assessment of the situation. He wrote that his government is "already doing its share to support physicians."

Tadepalli says Graham agreed to negotiate, but now appears to want a public fight.

"I'm surprised, disappointed, disgusted with that letter," he says. "We have put in a lot of hard work and to see that letter come out, it's trying to create division trying to engage in a public fight, lack of decency, disrespect, ignorance."

The health minister is travelling and wasn't available for comment.