Yukon health minister defends doctor recruitment plans

Doctor Rao Tadepalli, outgoing president of the Yukon Medical Association, says an open letter from Health Minister Doug Graham disputing the Yukon Medical Association's assessment of the situation shows "a lack of decency, disrespect, and ignorance."

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

Doctor RaoTadepalli 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.

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