While in several parts of the world employees are all complaining about being underpaid by their companies, doctors in Canada are now protesting against getting a pay raise — and all because of a good reason!
The doctors in Quebec, together with other medical professionals, residents, specialists, and medical students joined forces to sign a letter against earning more than how much they usually get.
What’s the Reason Behind It?
You will be surprised at the reason behind it. An average Canadian physician in 2016 is recorded to earn around $260,924. The medical professionals ask for the money to be reallocated to the benefit of the nurses and patients instead. With the good cause, almost 800 individuals have signed the letter since it was released last February.
The letter, which was originally written in French, was published by the group Médecins Québécois Pour le Régime states:
We, Quebec doctors 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 in recent years and the centralization of power in the Ministry of Health. The only thing that seems to be immune to the cuts is our remuneration.
Not the First Time
This is not the first time that the doctors in Quebec stood for their patients and colleagues. MQPR also penned a letter on February 17 to oppose the $500 million in pay increases for their specialist doctors called “indecent.” The latest letter came after the nurses held sit-ins to protest their current working conditions. The petition states:
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 doctors, 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.