A newly qualified doctor claimed he was paid the same hourly rate as Wetherspoons staff, but a closer look reveals how their salaries actually compare.
Dr Dev Gakhar shared a payslip on TikTok which shows he is paid £14.08 an hour while working for the NHS – which is the bare minimum for first-year doctors. Her video responded to a comment that they were being offered “£14 an hour to work spoons”.
Junior doctors are able to increase their base salary by opting for overtime or working night and weekend shifts. They are also set to benefit from a pay rise of up to 10.3 per cent after the UK government agreed to give junior doctors a pay rise.
Meanwhile, Wetherspoons bar staff receive a basic pay of £10.52 an hour according to its website, which rises to an average of £11.50 an hour if they work overtime.
Analysis by FullFact last year found that junior doctors earn between £20 and £30 an hour when they choose to work overtime and work nights or weekends.
Dr Dev Gakhar shared the hourly rate he earns as a newly qualified doctor while working for the NHS by responding to a comment on TikTok from someone who claimed he was “offered £14 of the hour while working at Wetherspoons”.
In a follow-up video showing the salary slip in more detail, Dr Gakhar admitted: “In terms of gross salary, we have my base salary – so I worked 168 hours this month and I was paid at the rate of £14.08 an hour, which works. at around £2,300.
“That £14 an hour, after the eight months of junior doctors’ strike, has now risen to around £15.50, which will be reflected in my next pay cheque.”
Young doctors previously earned £29,384 in the first year of basic training, which they access after completing their medical degree, which equated to £14.13 an hour.
But from their October payslip, the annual basic pay for first-year junior doctors will rise to £32,300, or around £15.50 an hour, using the same metric. And their salary increase will be backdated to April.
After around a decade as a junior doctor – during which time their salary rises to £63,000 – doctors can become consultants, who earn up to £126,000 in basic pay for a 40-hour week.
At this point, they may also choose to work additional hours and take on management or educational responsibilities to further increase their salary.
Their weekend work can also allow them to earn a rate between 3% and 10% of their base salary.
In contrast, Wetherspoons bar staff, who have 20-hour contracts, earn around £10.52 an hour, according to the company’s website. They can earn up to 19% of their base salary, but this amount is usually only paid quarterly.
Concerned about the potentially low salary rates they could receive as a doctor, one user commented: “Do you think there will be a positive change in the near future? I want to become a doctor but I’m worried about my salary and my professional life.
Dr Gakhar replied: “It works. Ninety-eight percent of doctors just voted in favor of the strike. We have increased our salary by 9 percent on average this year and we are striking for the restaurant industry.
During the 16 days that doctors protested on the picket lines, covering staff absences and making up lost appointments caused health service bills to spiral. The junior doctors, demanding a 35 percent pay rise, today began their fifth round of strike action this morning in the ongoing dispute, and have been on strike for four days.
The British Medical Association (BMA) welcomed a Scottish Government pay offer last month and is voting its members on the offer north of the border. But Dr Robert Laurenson, co-chair of the BMA’s junior doctors committee, today sparked fury by signaling he would not agree to the same deal with the “ideological” Conservatives at Westminster.
Another user said: “I’m (an) admin supervisor and earn £15 an hour. I didn’t realize how little (doctors) were paid.
But others pointed out that Dr. Gakhar is a young doctor. One commenter said: “I can’t take the criticism. It deletes all comments. You are not a qualified doctor. You are an intern. The same as trainee lawyers.
The video comes as junior doctors and consultants prepare for a four-day crippling joint strike, starting next week.
Bosses at the British Medical Association (BMA) announced that the coordinated walkout would take place in England on separate days, in September and October.
It represents a significant escalation in the long-running dispute between the union and ministers over NHS pay and the first time consultants and junior doctors will strike together – a first in the history of the health service.
Consultants in England will be on strike on September 19 and 20, and junior doctors will then join the strike on September 20.
The young doctors will then continue the complete walkout on September 21 and 22.
The consultants and young doctors will then return together to the picket lines from October 2 to 5.
The announcement comes after the junior doctors renewed their industrial action mandate for a further six months.
More than 700,000 NHS appointments have been canceled since strikes began seven months ago. In the latest five-day walkout of young doctors, more than 100,000 were recalled
Just over 71 per cent of eligible BMA members voted, with 43,440 (98 per cent) voting in favor of continuing industrial action.
Union officials said the result should be a warning to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak that he has “nowhere to hide”.
Last month, striking young doctors were accused of leading a “politically motivated” campaign to overthrow the government.
The British Medical Association (BMA) welcomed a Scottish Government pay offer last month and is voting its members on the offer north of the border.
But Dr Robert Laurenson, co-chair of the BMA’s junior doctors committee, sparked fury by signaling he would not agree to the same deal with the “ideological” Conservatives at Westminster.
A senior health official said in August that the 16 days of action so far this year had cost the NHS dearly. £1 billion. VSReplacing absent staff and making up lost appointments has led to spiraling health service bills.
Health Secretary Steve Barclay accused the union of being “reckless” in putting pressure on manufacturers and warned that strikes “only serve to harm patients”.