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  • Christine
    November 09, 2010 - 22:37

    I hope that Eastern Health does a better job of recruiting doctors than they did recruiting the yes man(woman) "Eastern Health president and CEO Vickie Kaminski". We have seen what the North delivers! Well, fourteen doctors deserve 14 ministers/MHA's.

  • Duffy
    November 09, 2010 - 20:20

    I agree there should not be a two-tierd system !!! BUT don't be foolish enough to think this is not about the money to the doctors who all make in the 100 thousands a year - this is not about patient care. We are and will be held hostage by both lawyers and doctors until we provide more medical schools/training with priority to Newfoundland Applicants and also stop blaming everyone else for everything that happens so lawyers can sue.

  • Be a Little Realistic
    November 09, 2010 - 14:44

    How much do the public really think we can afford to pay for services - be they doctors, lawyer, electricians , plumbers - you name it. The medical folks are already paid a reasonable fee, and guess what, they knew the renumeration BEFORE they took the job. Kudos to Kennedy, Hickman, Williams et.al - these high wage increases just can not be allowed to continue. What happens when the well runs dry, and the government no longer has all this great new revenue. Imagine the outcry if we started laying off doctors, or asking them to take wage cuts like has been the norm for the past 8 - 10 years in both the private and public sectors. I say to the government - stick to you guns, and look after my money the way I would.

  • Be a Little Realistic
    November 09, 2010 - 14:27

    How much do the public really think we can afford to pay for services - be they doctors, lawyer, electricians , plumbers - you name it. The medical folks are already paid a reasonable fee, and guess what, they knew the renumeration BEFORE they took the job. Kudos to Kennedy, Hickman, Williams et.al - these high wage increases just can not be allowed to continue. What happens when the well runs dry, and the government no longer has all this great new revenue. Imagine the outcry if we started laying off doctors, or asking them to take wage cuts like has been the norm for the past 8 - 10 years in both the private and public sectors. I say to the government - stick to you guns, and look after my money the way I would.

  • Marty
    November 09, 2010 - 13:25

    I think these speacilists make too much money as it is. They are among the top paid in Atlantic Canada. How much do they really need???????

  • Eastern Health Physician
    November 09, 2010 - 12:25

    In addition....10 weeks guaranteed holidays per year is news to me - Thanks Jerome, I'll remember that.

  • Eastern Health Physician
    November 09, 2010 - 11:56

    How is the fact that some of these physicians earn additional income by doing additional jobs relevant to the issue? The argument is equal pay for equal work. As to the argument that the raise for the oncologists was a one time offer and that Rob Ritter said it would not be used in negotiations......Mr. Ritter states this was not the case. Somebody is obviously lying or there was a major misunderstanding. My question is... if it was said, how can the government seriously state that they believed it? How could they possibly believe that a negotiating body and their members would put up with one subgroup being paid substantially more than the rest? This occurrence in 2008 has been horrible for morale within the physician group as it has indicated that certain types of physicians and patient groups are valued more than others. There are physicians who have resigned that slaved through the system being overworked for many years and when everybody was being treated equally they understood it was necessary. Now they feel unappreciated as well. The loss of these physicians will be devastating for patients, the university and medical trainees as well.

  • Tania
    November 09, 2010 - 10:08

    I find Tom Marshall's comment particularly interesting. He said that when doctors apply for positions they ask if they will be paid the same as everyone else in Atlantic Canada, not if they will be paid the same as the guy down the hall. Does he realize that now the entire country is aware that NL uses a two tired pay system? Mr. Jerome Kennedy think it's going to be easy to recruit new physicians after this mass resignation. Is anyone thinking about the fact that any new physician coming into this province is going to demand the higher salary so that they are on par with the oncologists/pathologists? Of course new physicians want to make what the guy down the hall is making.

  • patient
    November 09, 2010 - 08:57

    In the last four years l've been rushed to hospital 3 times in critical condition. Asfar as l'am concerned, those Doctors can never be paid enough.Let the nay sayers go through a medical crisis just once and see how quick they would change there tune. Why can't both sides agree on a formula based on say a Canadian average? The Goverment is way out to lunch on this one- Minister back off, you can't win, but we sure can all lose. Two more points- The ambulance staff should never be foregotten. They are a critical link in our whole health care system. And oh yes, Doctor O'Shea is my own family Doctor and a more honest,decent, caring and hard working person you will not find anywhere.. As far as l.am concerned, when he says something, you can take it to the bank.

  • salli
    November 09, 2010 - 08:51

    I think it is ridiculous for Jerome Kennedy to tell us he is already in the process of replacing these specialists....really?? You can replace their expertise? their patient knowledge?? their years of working with patients knowing their history and personalities?? I don't think so. I am starting to think Jerome Kennedy should resign.

  • don
    November 09, 2010 - 07:35

    The doctors are right and should never back down from Dictator Danny. I hope that many other doctors and health professionals will publicly signal their intention to resign and move away from Newfoundland and Labrador unless the little dictator tones down the political rhetoric and starts treating people in this province with respect and fairness. If it becomes necessary for medical professionals to take actions which paralyze or destroy the health care system and cause the Government to go into crisis mode, so be it! When dealing with tyrant, half measures are not effective. Dictator Danny has gone to great lengths to gloat and expound on his opinion that Newfoundland and Labrador is now a HAVE PROVINCE swimming in oil and mineral revenue. The old Government position of WE ARE A POOR PROVINCE AND CAN'T AFFORD IT, just won't wash anymore.

  • Dave
    November 09, 2010 - 07:09

    Way to go jerome, single out a doctor and drag them through the mud. You might as well do it to all of them, oh yeah, you already have in many ways. Boy, it must be just wonderful having all that power. So what's wrong with working extra jobs with patients and students? Someone apparently has to do it if they are are. I guess it shows that services are really lacking everywhere.