Residents ratify Collective Agreement

VANCOUVER, Aug. 7, 2014 /CNW/ - The Professional Association of Residents of British Columbia (PAR-BC) membership voted 66% in favour of ratification of a new Collective Agreement with the Health Employers Association of British Columbia (HEABC).

"Resident Doctors are a dedicated group and want to get on with their work and studies. Our members voted yes, but they are disappointed. We had hoped that the government would use this five year agreement to send a stronger signal that BC is a great place to train and practice medicine," said Dr. Arun Jagdeo, PAR-BC President.                                      

The new contract for 2014 – 2019 provides amendments to some important workload policies. The new agreement ensures that Resident Doctors who are six or more months pregnant do not have to work a 24-hour shift. It also finally stipulates that Resident Doctors can go home after 10AM after working 24 hours straight.

Residents receive a modest wage increase of roughly 1% per year for 5 years, with no increase in the first year.

"There are more than 1200 Resident Doctors in BC, and fair treatment and better working conditions adds up to better healthcare for the people of BC. Better working conditions help to attract and retain more Resident Doctors," said Dr. Katie Beadon, a member of the Bargaining Team.

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SOURCE: Professional Association of Residents of British Columbia

For further information: Media Contact: Bargaining Team: Dr. Katie Beadon, Dr. Paul Hertz, Dr. Daniel Heffner, Professional Association of Residents, 604-876-7636

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