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Consultants 'will require more overtime pay'

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Plans to ramp up commercialisation in the NHS will lead to more money being paid out in overtime as trusts are unable to plan for the future, consultants have warned.

The advice comes after the BBC reported that some consultants are earning more than £100,000 a year in overtime payments on top of their normal salary and bonuses.

There is no set rate, but senior doctors are often paid around £600 for working four extra hours. The average annual salary of a full-time consultant in the UK currently stands at nearly £90,000. This pays for 10 blocks of four hours a week.

Trusts that want consultants to work beyond that point frequently pay between £500 and £700 for four-hour sessions, according to documents seen by the BBC.

Dr Ian Wilson, deputy chairman of the BMA’s Consultants Committee, said: “The fact is that this happens because trusts can’t plan for the future - a situation which will get much worse as the government’s NHS white paper seeks to marketise healthcare even more - and so have to bring in extra help as a quick fix when things get desperate.

He also added that the payments are usually made to hard-pressed specialists who are already overstretched.

 

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  • Each £1000 paid in overtime to a consultant is roughly equivalent to the annual increment for a nurse. I thought we were ALL going to feel the pain of cuts? Money seems available for one but not the other!

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  • 'All men are created equal, and some are more equal than others' !!

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  • so many sour grapes! if you are in the nhs for the money why chose nursing as a career.

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  • 'All men are created equal, and some are more equal than others' !!

    know your place!

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  • Why shouldn't a consultant get what they are worth. Did you all go to med school? Did you all sit endless exams at £1,200 a pop whilst GP docs took the easy route and get more rewards. Did it take you 10 years to qualift as a consultant? Do you really believe that you all have that level of expertise or responsibility.

    The starting salary for a 'new' consultant with all the above in A&E is £75k....in Australia they are offering £185 plus for the same job....keep moaning and then wave bye bye as the best flee and the rubbish stay...then you really will have BBC?Daily Mail propoganda and yourselves to blame.

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  • Andy Shaw | 19-Jan-2011 10:04 pm

    VERY WELL SAID

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  • Anonymous | 19-Jan-2011 10:08 pm

    Andy Shaw | 19-Jan-2011 10:04 pm

    VERY WELL SAID

    There are a lot of people making comments here who have no idea what they are talking about. It seems they just like to make a noise.

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  • Andy
    Anonymous | 19-Jan-2011 10:08 pm
    Andy Shaw | 19-Jan-2011 10:04 pm:
    Maybe you're right? Maybe we should all be getting what we're worth, thing is are we? Are nurses treated fairly and upheld in the same way?

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  • Anonymous | 19-Jan-2011 10:36 pm

    good question too but all I know about it is that having lived with a consultant for 45 years who worked full time in the nhs as head of his department for most of that time I earned more than him as a nurse when I worked in Europe for 20 years full time and despite my responsibility and often highly unsocial shifts and five years plus of nurse education and training up to and including an MSc I could not compare this and my job and responsibilities to that of a consultant responsible for a staff of about 30 people as well as his responsibility to his patients. Ultimate responsibility for the patients on my ward also lay with the doctors.

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  • It's not what doctors get, it's what nurses don't get and the fact that terms and conditions in the health service should be equal (which is different to saying pay should be equal).

    I am confident in my area of practice and I don't compare my knowledge to that of a doctor, I have different knowledge to doctors and to many other nurses who work in different practice areas. That doesn't make me, or you, or them less valid. You cannot put a price on what many health workers do however we should be 'all in it together' with regards to terms and conditions.

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