'Don't do it!': GP on £80,000 a year complains about her job

‘Don’t do it!’: GP on £80,000 a year complains about her job and how much work she has to do

  • A GP claimed she isn’t payed ‘fairly’ for her role, saying it is a lot of ‘hard work’
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A GP who earns over £80,000 a year claimed she isn’t fairly paid for the role and warned future GP’s against the profession. 

While the London-based GP said she ‘enjoys’ her job, she described it as ‘hard work’, and claimed they are asked to do a lot more than what they’re paid for. 

In a now-viral TikTok video Aydan Alsaad, known online for his ‘Pay Transparency’ videos, stopped the woman on the street to ask her what her job was. 

It comes as senior medics walked out of hospitals across England this week as part of a 48-hour strike and as junior doctors and consultants participated in their first joint strike in the health service’s 75-year history. 

In a now-viral TikTok video, claimed she isn’t fairly paid for the role and warned future GP’s against the profession

In the interview, which took place in London, the woman said she ‘enjoys’ her job, but  described it as a lot of ‘hard work’, 

Responding to the TikToker’s question, the woman said she had been a GP for eight years and revealed she can make anything between £80,000 and £90,000 per year. 

When asked if she is paid fairly, the GP quickly responded with ‘No’, explaining that she is asked to do a lot of work. 

She said: ‘I think we are asked to do a lot more for not necessarily the patient just admin which takes a lot more time.’

Responding to the TikToker’s question: ‘What advice would you give to anyone who wants to be a GP,’ the woman said: ‘Don’t do it,’ and advised that they undertake ‘any other profession.’

She explained: ‘It’s a hard job if you want to do it for a rewarding job and a vacation then by all means do it but don’t do it for any other reasons.’

While she said she enjoys her role, she said: ‘But I’m too far down the tunnel to take the turn back.’

‘I do enjoy my job. I’m really happy doing what I’m doing but it’s hard work,’ she said. 

The latest NHS data estimating the earnings and expenses of GPs in 2021-22 found that the average income for contractor GPs stood at £153,400 for contractor GPs and £118,100 for combined (contractor and salaried GPs). 

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Meanwhile the average pay for salaried GPs was £68,00. This is up from £64,900 in 2020/21 and £63,600 in 2019/20.

In a report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) from December 2020, it was found salaried GPs earn 180 per cent above the national average wage. 

READ MORE: Striking junior doctors accused of ‘politically-motivated’ campaign to bring down Government, as health bosses warn their walkouts have cost NHS £1billion

Since it was posted, the video has been viewed more than 1.5 million times and has raked in thousands of comments from TikTokers. 

Many users are in agreement with the GP and have suggested she is not paid fairly, one person wrote: ’80K for a GP in London is quite poor.’

One person added: ‘She’s a lovely doctor, really honest and she’s right in what she’s saying. It’s very hard work and a big responsibility.’

Meanwhile, some were shocked at how much GP’s could make, one person wrote: ‘Did not think they made that much.’

According to data from The Health Foundation, GPs provide a lower percentage of their appointments face to face compared with other patient care staff in general practice – with just 61 per cent of appointments in July 2023 taking place face-to-face. 

Dennis Reed, director of Silver Voices, which campaigns for elderly Britons, described the rise in GP earnings as ‘eye-watering’ and said patients should expect a better service for the ‘huge’ amount partners are pocketing. 

He told MailOnline: ‘GPs are now receiving huge salaries from the NHS and they can still do private work on the side.

‘The least we can expect is that they do more to return the number of face-to-face appointments to pre-pandemic levels.’

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