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Consultants 'will require more overtime pay'


Anonymous | 16-Jan-2011 0:34 am I have to agree, I do not begrudge the consultants (or any Doctor) the pay or conditions they get, but I do argue vehemently that the gap in pay and conditions between Doctors and Nurses should be considerably shortened. I mean, just look at a senior Doctor on an A&E department and a senior Nurse on an A&E department, is there really any difference in stress, responsibility or skill? For example, Doctors (quite rightly) demand to be paid well for the overtime they do, and they (rightly) get it, yet Staff Nurses are expected to do unpaid overtime regularly and are rewarded with threats of job cuts and increment freezes. Consultants (and Doctors as a whole) get well paid for the job they do, and rightly so. Staff Nurses do not. Why is this so? It is, as everyone knows, because the GMC has teeth and Doctors stick together. The powers that be know they would lose any fight they tried to pick with them. As a result they have power and influence. They can set their own working conditions and pay. Contrast this with Nurses. The RCN are a joke, barely nothing more than a government sycophant. Nurses as a profession are generally spineless and subservient. The powers that be know they can do whatever the hell they like to our profession and get away with it. This needs to stop. We need to take a leaf out of our colleagues book and stand together. Fight. Then one day, as I said earlier, we may have a strong union and a cohesive, strong profession. Hey, I can dream, right? Only then as a profession will we have similar pay, conditions, power and influence as our medical colleagues.

Posted date

16 January, 2011

Posted time

8:18 am