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Quebec doctors reject pay rise in favour of investment in health system

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1160 (Published 12 March 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k1160
  1. Barbara Kermode-Scott
  1. Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Hundreds of doctors in Quebec are turning down pay rises, saying that they are too embarrassed to accept the higher payments while colleagues and patients are struggling in a health system beset by years of drastic cuts and restructuring. The doctors have asked the provincial government to instead invest the money in improving Quebec’s health system.

“The only thing that seems to be immune to cuts is our remuneration,” states the advocacy group Quebec Doctors for Public Health Care (known by the acronym MQRP) in a letter posted online on 25 February to …

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