An NHS doctor laid bare the frustrations felt by staff in a jokey TikTok claiming some could have more lucrative careers ‘stacking shelves at ASDA’.
The physician – who has been in medicine for more than 20 years – appeared to strike a chord with fellow weary workers across the UK as she called for better pay.
The viral clip, which sees @doc.dewdrop pretending to be on the phone listening to colleagues pursuing new jobs in supermarkets, has racked up more than 435,000 views.
‘Junior docs earn £13/hr with years of debt from training to pay for,’ the doctor wrote in the caption. ‘Asda looks appealing. If we want to keep our doctors in the NHS they need better pay.’
Commenters rushed to express their solidarity for the TikTok, posted in November, as some junior doctors shared their own personal struggles in making ends meet.
‘Junior doctor here; consultant next year,’ one penned. ‘Currently unable to afford my electricity bill or buy new tyres for my car. What a world we live in.’
Another healthcare professional admitted: ‘You’re not wrong! I’m a haem/blood bank biomedical scientist and will be leaving, for pretty much anything. Almost a decade in the NHS and I’m done.’
Elsewhere, a nurse revealed that her ‘£11 per hour’ rate has her ‘checking Indeed for Aldi or Co-op’ job opportunities.
Other clips on @doc.dewdrop’s profile see her making videos about the confusion felt by many in the NHS
The doctor also makes content around career tips and advice for junior doctors on her TikTok profile
An NHS doctor laid bare the frustrations felt by staff in a jokey TikTok claiming some could have more lucrative careers ‘stacking shelves at ASDA’
A fourth poster revealed: ‘I support doctors. It’s soul destroying! I’m a nurse but until my children are at school full-time, I can’t actually afford to work as one…’
According to recruitment site Glassdoor, ASDA shelf-stackers can on average get £9 an hour. Meanwhile, according to Indeed, an Amazon warehouse worker in the UK can be paid around £14.78 an hour – rated by the recruitment hub to be ‘above national average’.
Other clips on @doc.dewdrop’s profile see her making videos about the confusion felt by many in the NHS. The doctor also makes content around career tips and advice for junior doctors.
It comes as thousands of junior doctors are plotting to leave the NHS within the next year, as suggested by damning survey results, with unions warning that the mass exodus will leave the NHS ‘simply not able to cope’.
The British Medical Association (BMA), which represents 45,000 junior doctors in England and has been described as ‘militant’, surveyed nearly 4,000 members on whether they looking to leave the NHS.
Commenters rushed to express their solidarity, as some junior doctors shared their own personal struggles in making ends meet
Results reported last month show that four in 10 plan to quit the health service ‘as soon as they can find another job’, while a third plan to move abroad. The union blamed poor pay and working conditions as the reason behind the trend.
Meanwhile, planned strikes by NHS nurses in England next week will most likely go ahead after ‘bitterly disappointing’ discussions with Government.
Britain’s nursing union, the Royal College Nursing (RCN), put the odds of cancelling two days of looming industrial action at less than 50 per cent.
The comments were made as a raft of trade unions today met ministers for crunch talks in an ongoing dispute on pay and conditions.
Unite negotiator Onay Kasab said the Government told the union they would need to ‘justify’ a payment through productivity, which he called an ‘insult’
But some union negotiators said a Government demand that one-off payment to staff be matched by a boost in NHS productivity was ‘insulting’.
The discussions were held as junior doctors commenced a vote on industrial action, threatening a 72-hour walkout if their demands for a 26 per cent pay rise go unmet.
And a British Medical Association (BMA) chief even warned they could end up demanding even more than that.
Health Secretary Steve Barclay met union leaders, including those from the unions that represent multiple staff groups like Unite, GMB, Unison as well as the dedicated nursing union, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).
Unions have widely criticised today’s talks with Health Secretary Steve Barclay as failing to offer anything that could avert strike action
Whitehall sources said Mr Barclay and the unions are trying to settle on a deal that would see next year’s pay deal back-dated to this January, rather than April, as would normally be the case.
In theory this would allow unions to tell their members that they got something extra for this year’s pay deal and allow the Government to save face by not having to renegotiate last year’s pay settlement.
Sources say Mr Barclay has agreed to take the proposal to the Treasury.
However, the Treasury blocked a previous proposal by the Health Secretary to offer the NHS unions a one-off payment for staff.
The British Medical Association (BMA), which represent 45,000 junior doctors in England, surveyed nearly 4,000 members on whether they looking to leave the NHS. Results show that four in 10 plan to quit the health service ‘as soon as they can find another job’, while one-third plan to move abroad. The union blamed poor pay and working conditions
But Unite claimed Mr Barclay, who has refused to cave in on demands to boost the recommendation from the independent NHS Pay Review Body, had suggested a deal could be struck in return for improved efficiencies in the health service.
Unite said the suggestion that a one-off pay reward could be made in exchange for a boost in productivity was ‘absolutely ludicrous’.
The BMA, which surveyed its junior doctor members in November and December, asked to what extent they agreed they would leave the NHS ‘as soon as they could find another job’. Forty per cent agreed.
In response to a question on whether they planned to work as a doctor in another country within the next year, one third of the group agreed. Australia was the top destination, with 42 per cent of the cohort planning to move there. New Zealand (20 per cent), the Middle East, Canada and Europe, excluding the UK, (each 9 per cent) were also popular. One in 20 said they planned to go to the US
When this group were asked why they were eager to leave, around eight in 10 blamed pay, specifically the ‘pay erosion’ over the last 15 years, their two per cent rise for 2022/23 and their current salary level. Some 83 per cent also pointed to deteriorating working conditions.
The BMA said junior doctors have faced ‘some of the steepest cuts to their pay of any public sector’ as it has been slashed by 26 per cent over the last 15 years.
And their two per cent uplift this year amounts to a 10 per cent real terms pay cut when ‘soaring inflation’ is taken into account, it said.
Separate survey results from the BMA suggest that more than three quarters of junior doctors are cutting back on buying food and heating their homes to help make ends meet.
The medics start on £29,400 in their first year of training, rising to £58,400 in their final year. Those in London also get an additional annual allowance of £4,000.
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