The stakes were high, the time growing short, and the health care of 1,500 women hung in the balance.
Three cancer specialists in St. John's had said they couldn't continue to work without improvements in resources and pay. They tendered their resignations and prepared to leave the province, knowing full well their patients would have to travel for care.
There was some movement Friday, when the doctors were told Newfoundland and Labrador would meet a few of their concerns. But the provincial government has always been loath to consider a side deal giving these gynecologic oncologists more money, fearing a rush of similar demands.
That position changed abruptly yesterday with a personal call from Premier Danny Williams, who told them they were in line to receive a raise of about $73,000 if they stayed.