Doctors protest against their own salary hike, the reason will move you

We Don’t Want A Pay Rise Lower Our Salaries Say Canada’s ‘Overpaid’ Doctors

We Don’t Want A Pay Rise Lower Our Salaries Say Canada’s ‘Overpaid’ Doctors

Cape Town - Medical doctors in Quebec are protesting against a "shocking" increase in salaries as they bring to light the plight of nurses, clerks and other health professionals.

Hundreds of Canadian doctors, medical specialists, and residents, as well as medical students, have signed a petition protesting their own pay raises, instead asking that the money be reallocated to help nurses and patients in need.

The online petition of the doctors stated that the pay rise was shocking because nurses, clerks and others face hard working conditions and patients live with the lack of access to required services.

"The only thing that seems to be immune to the cuts is our (salaries)".

The group, Médecins québécois pour le régime public (Quebecois doctors for the public regime), also called for resources to be distributed "to provide health services worthy" of the people of Quebec.

More than 750 physicians, residents, and medical students from the province signing on to a petition asking for pay raises to be canceled.

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The average Canadian physician in 2016 earned some $260,924, according to a September 2017 report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

A social media post by nurse Emilie Ricard detailing the difficulties of her job and aimed at Quebec's Health Minister Gaetan Barette went viral and was shared over 50,000 times. Barrette added that the doctors who support the action are "still" a "small minority".

Barrette said the ministry can't rescind the raises unless the majority of doctors vote for that to happen. In fact, a union of nurses in Quebec has been hoping a law would be passed that would put a limit on the number of patients a nurse could see.

The group complains that they did not consider it appropriate to receive increased pay while the nurses and the patients were suffering.

Quebec's nursing plight has been a much talked-about topic in Canada for months as nurses say that government cuts have worsened their work conditions, as well as patients' experience due to lower nurse to patient ratios. "My healthcare system is sick and dying", she wrote.

And on February 1, the MQRP published a letter denouncing working conditions of nurses.

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