London GP Voices Concerns About Pay and Workload
A General Practitioner (GP) based in London, earning over £80,000 a year, has expressed dissatisfaction with her compensation, citing that she’s not fairly paid for the work she does.
In a candid encounter with TikTok content creator Aydan Alsaad, known for his ‘Pay Transparency’ videos, the GP shared her perspective on the challenges she faces in her profession.
GP Raises Concerns About Workload
Despite expressing that she enjoys her job, the GP emphasized that it’s demanding and involves more responsibilities than her compensation reflects.
When asked if she believes she’s paid fairly for her role, she responded with a straightforward “No.”
She highlighted the additional administrative tasks that consume a significant amount of her time, which go beyond direct patient care.
Candid Advice for Aspiring GPs
In response to a question from the TikToker about what advice she would offer to those aspiring to become GPs, the GP humorously advised against choosing the profession, suggesting that they consider any other occupation.
She elaborated on the challenges of being a GP, acknowledging the rewarding aspects but cautioning that it can be a strenuous role.
Data on GP Earnings and Expenses
Recent NHS data provides insight into the earnings and expenses of GPs in the 2021-22 period.
Contractor GPs had an average income of £153,400, while combined (contractor and salaried) GPs earned an average of £118,100.
Salaried GPs had an average income of £68,000, reflecting an increase from previous years. Notably, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reported in December 2020 that salaried GPs earned 180% more than the national average wage.
Reception of the TikTok Video
Since its posting, the TikTok video has garnered significant attention, amassing over 1.5 million views and attracting numerous comments from viewers. The discussion sparked by the GP’s remarks highlights the ongoing debate surrounding GP compensation and workload.
Challenges in Face-to-Face Appointments
Data from The Health Foundation reveals that GPs offer a lower percentage of face-to-face appointments compared to other patient care staff in general practice. In July 2023, only 61% of appointments took place face-to-face.
This statistic reflects the evolving nature of healthcare delivery, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Patient Advocacy and Expectations
Dennis Reed, the director of Silver Voices, an organization advocating for elderly individuals in the UK, expressed concern about the substantial earnings of GPs and the potential for them to engage in private work alongside their NHS roles.
He stressed the importance of GPs increasing the number of face-to-face appointments to pre-pandemic levels, considering the significant earnings they receive.
The GP’s candid remarks in the TikTok video have sparked a conversation about GP compensation, workload, and the changing landscape of healthcare delivery.