Letter: Surgeon or plumber
Wednesday 23 September 1998
NHS consultants are salaried employees with job security and generous pension arrangements. They pay no overheads for office space, secretarial assistance, stationery, heating, lighting and cleaning, or the capital cost and maintenance of expensive medical equipment with which to ply their trade. It is not unknown for them to complain bitterly about charges for hospital car-parking, however.
NHS consultants retain the right to as much private practice as they can find the time for, secure in the knowledge that they are topping up a monthly pay cheque that arrives in the bank account come what may. Many a solicitor or plumber would jump at such favourable conditions of employment.
Dr F S GOLDBY
Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk
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