So far more than 700 physicians, general practitioners, specialists, residents and medical students have signed the petition, which has been up since February 25.
The deal reached last month with the government would give Quebec’s 10,000 doctors a 1.4% pay hike, taking their total annual salaries from $4.7 billion to 5.4 billion, according to CNN partner CBC .
Quebec’s health minister said it’s OK with him if the doctors don’t want the money.
“If they feel they are overpaid, they can leave the money on the table. I guarantee you I can make good use of it,” Gaetan Barrette told CBC.
Part of what’s driving this is the desperate situation Quebec’s nurses say they find themselves in. They complain of being overworked and underpaid.
One nurse, Emilie Ricard, took to social media with her complaints back in January, after she said Barrette was quoted as saying that “health system reform is a success.”
Ricard said she was exhausted after working a shift where she had to take care of more than 70 patients by herself.
“I am broken by my profession,” Ricard writes in her post, which has a picture of her with tears in her eyes and giving a sarcastic thumbs up. “I am ashamed of the poverty of the care that I provide as far as possible. My Health system is sick and dying.”
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