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  • tom claw
    December 02, 2010 - 21:04

    To Jerome Kennedy, I must say at times I did like you however, now I am starting to respect you keep up the good work. If the doctors want a raise make them work for it. Newfoundland is one of the smallest places in the world but one of the nicest places to work . The doctors there are paid enough if they want to live where they are want a raise tell them to move to a place where they will have to know their stuff. Horray to Jerome no raise

  • KAty
    December 02, 2010 - 17:58

    There's no line-up of doctors waiting for jobs here. That's why so many positions are already short-staffed - some positions have been open for 5+ years. Why? Because the working conditions (hours, hours on call, staffing of technicians and nurses, equipment...and yes, pay) are better elsewhere in the country. Heck, our schools pump out nurses and LPNs, but we had to go to India to bring in new nursing hires even though there are hundreds (yes: HUNDREDS) of medical positions open in the province. Our own people are snapped up by those willing to pay competitve wages.

  • Jerry
    December 02, 2010 - 10:54

    Chris I hope in the near future you find yourself in need of serious medical attention, maybe then you may see the need for competent, well paid doctors. More pay may not improve the system totally, but I'd rather have a content doctor working on me rather than a disgruntled one.

  • Chris
    December 02, 2010 - 08:28

    "Lushman said he doesn’t believe the doctors are motivated by money, but the system needs better salaries in order to recruit and maintain a safe level of health care. " Naive. Doctors are asking for more money, not better health care for patients. Doctors are not asking for less hours ... even though they complain about them. Fact is that MDs set their own hours....they are certainly not going to get fired for working a 50 hour work week. But that overtime pay....at a few hundred dollars per hour why not? Ever wonder why the medical community doesn't push for an expanded medical school? That would (at least partially) settle complaints about recruitment. A bigger supply of MD's would reduce their negotiating power....so you will never see that move from the NLMA even though there are plenty of positions open! What's next for the NLMA? Canadian Parity? US Parity? I'm guessing they are hoping the other Atlantic provinces raise salaries by 25% so they can get a matching raise in a few years. Shame on the NLMA & its members for using sick children to line their pockets.

    • John
      December 02, 2010 - 09:29

      Chris - nice dream world you live in. Reason doctors salaries are high is because there are so few of them and they are highly educated and specialized. Some specialists do 5-7 years of training after medical school! Cannot just say - get more doctors. Govt created this problem when they knee jerked a two tiered salary scale into the system. Bottom line - to attract the top people - you have to pay a salary that is competitive. Days of taking less to live in good old nfld are over. We live in a global community - good or bad. The environment is toxic in health care - first step is for pay equality and then work on getting back trust

    • concerned
      December 02, 2010 - 16:11

      chris: doctors don't make their own hours, patients get sick 24 hours a day. it's not about getting fired for leaving work, it's about caring for patients something you obviously know nothing about (at least I hope you don't because that would scare me). overtime pay? doctors get paid to care for patients, not an hourly wage and no scheduled breaks. Also, in case you haven't noticed the medical school is and has been expanding over the past few years with more spots which will translate into more doctors; many of whom will leave because in this province they will be overworked for less pay. I say shame on you for being so naive. my advice to you is to actually read some of these articles and spend less time writing posts because you obviously have no idea what you are talking about.