(Meredith) – Hundreds of doctors in Canada are refusing to increase their salaries, claiming they already make too much money.
The Washington Post reported that 700 physicians had signed a petition online to make sure their raises were canceled. But “too much money” isn’t the only reason they are protesting.
They also said accepting more money while other people in their field are dealing with difficult working conditions could not be done “in good conscience.”
“We, Quebec doctors who believe in a strong public system, oppose the recent salary increases negotiated by our medical federations,” the petition reads in French, according to the Washington Post.
But this protest among physicians isn’t out of the blue. Working conditions in the Canadian medical field are far from pristine. In fact, a union of nurses in Quebec has been hoping a law would be passed that would put a limit on the number of patients a nurse could see.
The country is facing a nursing shortage, which is putting a strain on every employed nurse. One nurse, Emilie Ricard, shared a tearful post on her Facebook page in January, saying she was overworked and overtired after her night shift where she cared for more than 70 patients.
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. That may not sound like a huge increase, but just a small change like that was dramatic, increasing the total amount from $4.7 billion to $5.4 billion, CBC News reported.
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