The Quebec government announced Tuesday they will spend more than $100 million to keep nurses working in the public system.
Health Minister Yves Bolduc said the government would offer graduating nurses an annual bonus of $3,000 for the next three years if they commit to work a certain number of hours in the public health-care sector. Graduating nurse practitioners would receive $2,000 and experienced nurses who agree to delay their retirement would receive an annual bonus of $8,000 over three years.
But Quebec's Federation of Nurses slammed the province's plan on Tuesday, saying it's insulting to all other nurses.
"It has to be for everybody. The majority are between their fourth and 34th year and they ...get nothing," said Michelle Boisclair, vice-president of the Quebec nursing federation.
Bolduc said the province would try this out for the next three years before re-evaluating the program.
Jul 1, '09
Maybe if they just paid their nurses more and gave them slightly smaller ratios they wouldn't have to resort to bonuses. Nurses just starting out are paid $19 an hour less than Canada's highest paid 1st rung nurses and Quebec's highest paid nurses are $9 an hour behind the highest paid top-rung nurses. Oh, and Quebec has 12 rungs on their pay ladder. The only provinces with lower rates of pay are in the Maritimes, where the cost of living is considerably lower. But Quebec will always do things their own way; they're a Distinct Society.
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Jul 2, '09
If they give me like bonus AND a small cottage a cote de St Catherine Bld avec un grande jardine and a coffe store nearbly with terases and book stores and art galleries and if the assure me that ...may be... why not... is a free world...lol
Quebec is a special place... Montreal always will be closed to my heart, is special is for souls and hearts, and laissez faire, is nothing compare with any other places in Canada you need to understand Quebec to live in Quebec..."Quebec is for quebecoises"...lol... if you fell like it, go.
Last edit by zuzi on Jul 2, '09