Resident physicians have ratified a new four-year collective agreement consistent with government’s Cooperative Gains Mandate.

“Our government continues to invest in new physicians and this agreement helps to further support students choosing B.C. for their education and to later establish their practice,” said Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid. “The agreement also provides labour stability and assurance of service for patients and families across the province.”

The agreement provides residents physicians with two years of net zero, and then a wage increase of 1.5 per cent in January 2013 and another 1.3 per cent in April 2013.

Resident physicians are post-graduate physician trainees who have finished classroom education and are now working in health-care facilities to fulfil their practical education needs and become well-informed, prepared and professional physicians.

The agreement, covering April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2014, was reached under the provincial government’s Net Zero (2010-12) and Cooperative Gains (2012-2014) mandates.