"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 Mdecins Qubcois pour la Rgime Public (or MQRP).
Doctors in Quebec have, on average, made less than their counterparts in Ontario, Canada's largest province, and the union representing the physicians in the French-speaking region believe the rises are fair. While many people would be thrilled to hear that they are getting a raise, a letter that was signed by over 800 doctors and medical residents and sent to the government tells another story.
The 213 general practitioners, 184 specialists, 149 resident medical doctors and 162 medical students want the money used for their raises to be returned to the system instead.
"The only thing that seems to be immune to the cuts is our remuneration", the letter adds.
Last month, however, Quebec's federation of medical specialists met with government officials to discuss increasing the salaries of 10,000 specialists across the province by 1.4 percent.
A physician in Canada is paid United States 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.
Barrette said the ministry can't rescind the raises unless the majority of doctors vote for that to happen.
The group, known as Médecins Québécois pour le Régime Public (MQRP), added that good conscience prevented it from accepting a pay hike when working conditions continued to be hard for others in their profession and patients "live with the lack of access to required services because of drastic cuts in recent years". In January of this year, one nurse from Quebec had a Facebook post go viral in which she stated she had been the only nurse caring for 76 patients during her shift. Barrette said he was now more focused on dealing with the nursing crisis.
The petition comes follows a recent sit-in protest held by nurses to protest working conditions. "I am ashamed of the poverty of the care that I provide as far as possible. My healthcare system is sick and dying", she wrote.More news: E.ON to acquire RWE's stake in Innogy in EUR22bn deal
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