Canadian Medics Reject Pay-rise

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Fraser Clarke

Almost a thousand doctors and medical residents in Quebec, Canada, have signed a letter opposing proposals to raise their pay.

In an incredible gesture, a total of 865 (at the last count) GPs, specialists, residents and medical students have signed the Médecins Québécois pour le Régime public letter which reads: “We, the doctors of Quebec who believe in a strong public system, oppose the recent salary increases negotiated by our medical federations.

“These increases are all the more shocking because our nurses, clerks and other professionals face very difficult working conditions, while our patients live with the lack of access to required services because of the drastic cuts and centralization of power in the Ministry of Health. The only thing that seems to be immune to the cuts is our remuneration 

“Contrary to the Prime Minister's statements, we believe that there is a way to redistribute the resources of the Quebec health system to promote the health of the population, and meet the needs of patients without pushing workers to the end.

“We, Quebec physicians, are asking that the salary increases granted to physicians be canceled, and that the resources of the system be better distributed for the good of the health care workers and to provide health services worthy to the people of Quebec.”

Although they have yet to receive an official response, Gaétan Barrette, the province’s Minister for Health, told reporters: “If they feel they’re overpaid, they can leave the money on the table. I guarantee that I can make good use of it.”

The selfless gesture presents a question we’d be keen to hear from you on. Would you reject a salary increase if you believe the money would be better spent elsewhere in the sector? 

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