In Canada, doctors are protesting because they get paid too much

A Quebec doctors' group started an online petition protesting against the salary hike saying the increased amount could be used to improve working conditions for other medical personnel.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: March 8, 2018 1:22 pm
Canada doctors, Quebec doctors, Canada doctors protest salary hike, Canada doctors salary increased, Canada nurses, Quebec nurses protest, Indian Express The petition says the only thing immune to healthcare system cuts are salaries received by the doctors. (Representational Image)

More than 500 doctors in Canada’s Quebec have protested against a pay raise kick-starting a campaign demanding a decrease in their salaries, The Washington Post reported. On February 25, a group representing Quebec doctors and advocates for public health started an online petition citing that they get paid enough.

“We, Quebec doctors who believe in a strong public system, oppose the recent salary increases negotiated by our medical federations,” the Médecins Québécois Pour le Régime (MQRP) petition reads in French.

The group added good conscience prevented it from accepting a pay hike when working conditions continued to be difficult for others in their profession and patients “live with the lack of access to required services because of drastic cuts in recent years.” Recently, different nurses unions in Quebec protested against the work hours demanding better conditions.

“If our colleagues are happier, if our patients are getting better care, we’ll all be winners, and it’s not an increase in pay that will do that,” Dr. Isabelle Leblanc, MQRP president told CBC news.

The MQRP petition refers to the such conditions adding that the only thing immune to healthcare system cuts are salaries received by the doctors. “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,” the group said according to The Washington Post.

Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette took notice of the letter and reportedly said, “If they (doctors) feel they are overpaid, they can leave the money on the table. I guarantee you I can make good use of it.” He also said that the government has money to address the issue of other medical personnel but that didn’t mean it had “infinite amounts of money.”

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  1. S
    Mar 11, 2018 at 9:51 pm
    Dear all please read this article to understand other side of the story before doing bashing (sometimes literally) which has become a national pastime in India in recent times s: theguardian /society/2018/mar/10/panic-chronic-anxiety-burnout-doctors-breaking-point
    1. S
      Mar 11, 2018 at 11:20 am
      7. The healthcare in Canada is taken care by the Government. Healthcare system in Government setup in India is vey poor. 8. All the people who do doctor bashing without knowing the complete picture answer the under mentioned question 9. You want the best healthcare care at charges of the Government rate but are ready to pay 500 for a cup of coffee in 5 star which will cost 10 RS at a roadside stall. You will say coffee of 5 star is much better than roadside stall . Same way treatment varies depending on the hospital u choose 9. Doctors in India are part of the same society of our country in which the moral values, ethics and values are degrading day by day. So u want good and moral doctors , citizens of this great country please improve overall moral standards of the society which cannot be done by Government and is the responsibility of the citizens of our country 10. I am not arguing in the support of doctors but people who have commented negatively please introspect
      1. S
        Mar 11, 2018 at 11:04 am
        I am a Neurosurgeon and after going through the article and comments of people I will put few points and clarify a few things 1. These Canadian doctors are Government employees and not private prac ioners and people whom have commented about exorbitant prices are talking about private practioners in India 2. People who commented negatively about doctors may please go to Government Hospital and get treatment there and then comment 3. You all shoes and the cost varies according to shop and b . It can be from 500 to 5000 RS . Same way u have doctors and hospital based on the expertise and facilities and cost varies. You are ready to pay 5000 for a good b of shoe but u want the best treatment but expect the charges which are in Government hospital 4. A typical Neurosurgical in best of hospital in India will cost RS 10 lacs but in USA it will cost you RS 1.25 crores. 5. Average ry of a Neurosurgeon in Govt set up is from 80000 to 1.5 lacs depending on his seniority Contd
        1. O
          Mar 10, 2018 at 11:50 am
          A noble gesture.Doctors are not only known for their talent,knowledge or skill,rather they are better known through their concern for society,service to mankind never by their wealth created.Again,the empathy spirit the Canadian doctors have shown towards their fellow subordinate colleagues like nurses allied staff shows their team spirit.Such human values belongingness enhances building of a happy prosperous human society.
          1. Taji Haging
            Mar 9, 2018 at 8:26 pm
            yes, if your surrounding is working fine it will do lots of good to your performance. nice thinking. we human needs each other every now and then and the helping hand comes voluntarily it does do good to all.
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