ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Doctors in Newfoundland and Labrador aren't saying if they're prepared to go along with the provincial government's contract template of 20 per cent over four years.
Negotiations have begun on a new contract with the current package set to expire in the fall.
The new president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association says he won't be doing any negotiating in public.
Brendan Lewis, a surgeon from the province's west coast, is calling on doctors to present a united front.
However, at the association's annual general meeting in St. John's, N.L., on Saturday, Lewis refused to give any specific indication of what doctors are looking for in terms of a pay hike.
Lewis spoke generally saying the association is looking for a contract that is competitive with other province's in Atlantic Canada.