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Canada doctors protest 'shocking' salary increase

11 March 2018

More than 500 doctors and medical students in Quebec are protesting against a raise in their salary so that more nurses and support staff can be hired.

According to protesters, their wages are already too high and disproportionate to those of other health workers.

And while Quebec doctors make more money on average than doctors in other provinces, nurses make less - averaging about $23 per hour to start, compared to $31 in Ontario and $36 in Alberta, according to the Montreal Gazette.

More than 600 doctors and medical residents - including 210 specialists - are among the petition signatories, but there are about 20,000 doctors in Quebec. The average family doctor receives $ 212,000 annually, and the surgeons - $ 354,000, while the sum does not include overtime pay.

Canada doctors protest 'shocking' salary increase
Canada doctors protest 'shocking' salary increase

"These increases are all the more shocking because our nurses, clerks and other professionals face very hard working conditions, while our patients live with the lack of access to required services because of the drastic cuts in recent years", reads the petition from the group Médecins Québécois pour la Régime Public (or MQRP).

Hundreds of medical professionals in Quebec, Canada, are now protesting pay raises.

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

Last month Quebec legislators approved a 1.4% pay raise for the province's 10,000 doctors, raising the total outlay for physician salaries from $4.7 billion to $5.4 billion.

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The petition lobbies for the money to instead be redistributed throughout Quebec's healthcare system.

The letter was posted on February 25 by the Médecins Québécois pour le Régime Public, an association of doctors and medical students that advocates for the public health system in Quebec.

Ricard said that she was exhausted after working a shift where she had to take care of more than 70 patients by herself.

A physician in Canada is paid Dollars 260,924 for clinical services by the government's Ministry of Health per year on average, according to a report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information published in September 2017. "MQRP joins its voices to those of nurses to denounce this unacceptable situation, which affects the quality of care for the Quebec population and weakens our public health system".

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The scenario was illustrated in a Facebook post by a teary-eyed Quebec nurse, which went viral.

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

"We also wish to remind the government that the current situation is far from normal or inevitable and is largely caused by the cuts it has imposed on the public network", the group wrote.

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Canada doctors protest 'shocking' salary increase