Letter: Surgeons no fat cats

Surgeons no fat cats

TIMOTHY RAGGATT QC believes that his taxable income of pounds 190,000 is the same as a consultant surgeon ("Top lawyers get pounds 500,000 a year from legal aid", 29 April). He is seriously wrong. The NHS salary of a consultant is a maximum of pounds 54,000. The average private practice income of a consultant surgeon is pounds 35,000.

JEFFREY C McILWAIN FRCS

St Helens & Knowsley Hospitals

Merseyside

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