Doctors Ratify Deal With Province
Doctors Nova Scotia has released details of its contract with the province that members have ratified.
The Association says 80 percent of its members voted to support the master agreement .
The four-year deal offers no wage increases in the first two years with increases of one percent in year three and 1.5 percent in the final year.
There’s also money for hiring new specialists and supporting patient care by telephone.
However, Doctors Nova Scotia President Michelle Dow warns the agreement does nothing to address the doctor shortage in the province.
She says estimates show between 50 and 100-thousand Nova Scotians don’t have a family doctor.
Dow adds some of her colleagues are ready to retire but are staying on because they fear their patients may be left without a doctor.
She goes on to say new graduates say they want to practice in the province but are choosing other provinces because they don’t know if they’re wanted in Nova Scotia.