Doctor, Doctor…


Surgery at St. Clares hospital in St. John's, Newfoundland. Photo by Greg Locke © 2010

After fifteen months of negotiations, contract talks are still off between the doctors and the government in Newfoundland and Labrador. Today, the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association released a study that shows that more than half of the positions for General Internal Medicine Specialists have been left vacant. They also pointed out the inequities in salaries between the GIM specialists, counterparts in Atlantic Canada, Ontario and even in St. John's since other specialists such as oncologist and pathologist got special offers from the Williams government. NLPress.ca will be providing ongoing coverage of the health care system and the contract negotiations.

2 Comments

  1. Anonymous April 6, 2010 at 14:58 #

    If more than half of the positions for General Internal Medicine Specialists have been left vacant, how can the Hospital treat patients with real emergencies? A well managed hospital can't afford to be this short on staff. Angie Manson

  2. Anonymous April 3, 2010 at 02:39 #

    Oncologists are among the best paid in the Eastern Health system. You should look into some of the deals they have worked out for themselves, including bonuses for being on call if a certain number of them are out of town at a given time (33%). True, they are needed, no question about that but the ones who are on the low end of the pay scale are the ones who are fee for service and who spend long hours after the office closes reading lab reports and filling in compensation forms – for which they get no pay.