These Canadian doctors are protesting against pay hike, say spend it elsewhere
There seriously is a lesson to be learned from these doctors. In times when almost everyone is behind money and where there is seemingly no end to greed, hundereds of doctors from the Canadian province of Quebec have signed a letter protesting against plans to raise their pay.
More than 700 people have added their names to the petition since it was published on February 25. Initially, a group representing Quebec doctors and advocates for public health started an online petition citing that they get paid enough.
The group has reportedly stated that good conscience prevented them from accepting a pay hike when working conditions continued to be difficult for others in their profession and patients.
"We, Quebec doctors, are asking that the salary increases granted to physicians be cancelled and that the resources of the system be better distributed for the good of healthcare workers," the letter, originally in French, reportedly says.
They also expressed concern over the pays of others in the medical profession such as nurses, who were increasingly being overworked.
The Quebec doctors' association, called the Médecins Québécois Pour le Régime (MQRP), further dubbed recent pay raises negotiated by their professional associations as "shocking", given the "draconian cuts" that have left nurses, orderlies and others overworked and underpaid, said reports.
The Quebec government recently announced increases of 1.4% and around 1.8% for specialists and general practitioners respectively.