Believe it or not: Doctors in Canada are protesting because they are getting paid too much!
At least someone is happy with what they are getting paid.
So, imagine this: your boss calls you to his cubicle and says, "Hey! I have decided to give you a raise. You will be earning a lot more from now on!" What are you going to do then? Probably jump around in joy and thank your boss. Well, will you ever protest against the hike? Not in your right mind. Correct? Believe it or not, there's a group of people who are not happy with their salary hike. Wondering who they are? Hmmm…we are talking about the doctors in Canada who are protesting against the raise. Yup, you read that right!
More than 500 doctors in Canada have signed a public letter condemning the generous hike saying that they paid well enough already. This group of doctors is known as Médecins Québécois pour le Régime Public. The group says they are offended that they would receive raises when nurses and patients are struggling.
"We, Quebec doctors who believe in a strong public system, oppose the recent salary increases negotiated by our medical federations. These increases are all the more shocking because our nurses, clerks and other professionals face very difficult working conditions, while our patients live with the lack of access to required services because of the drastic cuts in recent years and the centralization of power in the Ministry of Health," reads the letter.
According to a report published in CNBC, a physician in Canada is paid $260,924 (over one crore) for clinical services by the government's Ministry of Health per year on average.
"If our colleagues are happier, if our patients are getting better care, we'll all be winners, and it's not an increase in pay that will do that," said Dr Isabelle Leblanc, President, MQRP in an interview to CBC.
Well, at least someone is happy with what they are getting paid.