Volume 11, Number 1 August 8, 2003

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Medical interns & U of S ratify new deal

The U of S and its medical interns have ratified a new agreement that gives the 220 members of the Professional Association of Internes and Residents of Saskatchewan (PAIRS) an overall 25.5-per-cent hike in combined pay and benefits over three years.

The agreement, which covers calendar years 2002, 2003 and 2004, was ratified by both organizations in mid-July.

A July 18 provincial government news release said the agreement is modelled after the recent deal with Saskatchewan Medical Association doctors. It includes a base salary increase of nine per cent over three years, a 1.5-per-cent increase in benefits, and a clinical component to support the recruitment and retention of medical residents. The combined package provides increases of 25.5 per cent by the end of the three-year contract.

"Medical residents hold an important place in our health system, and this agreement recognizes their value as members of the health care team," Health Minister John Nilson said. "This is another step, along with our recent funding announcement for the College of Medicine, in creating a strong and vibrant medical school."

"The clinical component of the settlement will allow the College of Medicine to remain nationally competitive," Dean of Medicine William Albritton said. "It will enable us to effectively recruit and retain residents, a top priority for this university."

PAIRS president Dr. Carlo Stuglin said, "We are extremely pleased with the settlement.

For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca

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