Viewpoint: Deterred by the doctor's salary?
- By: Brendan Spooner
Where would you want the brightest people in the country to work? Would you have them making you money as stockbrokers; defending you in court as lawyers; writing your next headline as journalists; or would you have them saving lives as doctors? Most people would rank their health as one of the most important aspects of their lives, but is medicine financially attractive enough to entice the cream of the crop? I am not sure. In financial terms medicine might not be the best choice for the bright young future of tomorrow.
A UK junior doctor's salary begins at £ 20,741 (€ 29,698; $42,127) in England for 2006-7, according to the BMA (www.bma.org.uk/ap.nsf/Content/ddrbfactcard0607). In comparison, the median starting salary for a graduate in 2006 is £23,136, according to a recent survey of more than 230 of the United Kingdom's leading graduate employers (www.agr.org.uk/news/agr_in_the_news/id.55.html). That is nearly £2500 more than a