Canadian Doctors Protest a Large Increase in their Wages
Over 700 doctors and healthcare professionals from the Canadian province of Quebec have joined a protest petition against the increase in their own wages agreed by local trade unions.
According to protesters, their wages are already too high and disproportionate to those of other health workers. They insist that the money for the raise in their salaries be used to improve nurses' wages or to be returned to the health system.
The medics' letter states: "We Quebec doctors believe in a strong public system, and we are opposed to the recent increases in wages agreed by our medical federations, which is shocking because our nurses, clerks and other health employees have very difficult working conditions, and our patients have limited access to medical services after the drastic cuts in the budget in recent years and the concentration of power in the Ministry of Health. It appears that only our salaries are immunized against the cuts. "
Among the protestors there are the mostly general practitioners, but also nearly 200 specialists, interns and even medical students.
According to data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information, published in September 2017, the average salary of a physician in Quebec is $ 261,000 per year paid for his hospital work by the Department of Health in Canada. The average family doctor receives $ 212,000 annually, and the surgeons - $ 354,000, while the sum does not include overtime pay.
At the same time, medical education in the country is supported by the budgets of district governments and costs students between $ 2,500 and $ 20,000 a year.
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