90% of Scots doctors planning to stay in their jobs!


BBC Scotland will be reporting this all day today.

..by the union sat they’d be willing to take industrial action and more than half say they’d be likely to leaved the NHS.

The BMA has around 154 000 members across the UK. BMA Scotland membership is not listed but can be assumed to be around 15 to 16 000.

According to the Daily Record, the sample was 3 100 in Scotland. Leaving aside any doubts about how real that is, it represents only 20% of members in what is a self-selecting sample.

So that ‘half planning to leave‘ is only 10% of members and the three-quarters up for action is only 15%.

The BBC websites are not reporting this story. It’s another Reporting Scotland/Good Morning Scotland editorial choice based no doubt on an approach by the BMA to friendly contacts at Pacific Quay.

The BBC does have editorial guidelines requiring it to report accurately and to check sources but when a trade union survey can be made to look bad for the Scottish government, that never happens.


5 thoughts on “90% of Scots doctors planning to stay in their jobs!

  1. I assume imported Tory whiner , Sandesh Gullane , will be at the front of the queue to resign !
    He can then spend more time with his contrived grievances against the Scottish Government .

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  2. No need for assumptions, in 2021 BMA Scotland gave the answer –
    “The BMA has a total membership of over 154,000, which continues to grow each year.
    In Scotland, the BMA represents around 16,000 members.”

    Click to access bma-scotland-manifesto-apr21.pdf

    So your sums stand up, unlike the unthinking BBC Scotland who have no interest in doing the sums.

    This also shows that about 10.4 % of the members are in Scotland versus Scotland’s population share of 8.15% – more proof that Scotland has more doctors per capita.


  3. The consequences of the UK union are very damaging for Scotland, and even more so now with Brexit forced onto Scotland, and an extreme far right wing English government/cabal in London dictating on areas where they have no right to do so. It will get much worse, time for independence, or be ruined.


  4. For the perspective the BBC fails to provide, this is an attempt briefly to comment on the complexities of the salary scales of medical doctors working for the different NHS bodies across the UK.

    The link below is to information published by the British Medical Journal dated 1 October 2021. It is a comprehensive overview of pay scales for different categories of NHS doctor in England, NI, Scotland and Wales.

    ‘The Complete Guide To NHS Pay For Doctors’ https://www.bmj.com/careers/article/the-complete-guide-to-nhs-pay-for-doctors

    For ‘consultants’, the basic salary of those working for NHS Scotland is the highest in any of the UK nations throughout the pay scale.

    For ‘Specialist and Associate Specialist’ doctors the basic salary of those working in NHS Scotland is the highest in any of the UK nations throughout the pay scales.

    Comparisons are more difficult for GPs. Although there is no equivalent pay scale for GPs according to the BMJ piece, ‘pay ranges’ as set by the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB) are outlined. The salaries in the pay range in Scotland is just below that in Wales but higher than in England and NI. Actual salary can also reflect levels of responsibility, qualifications and experience.

    For medical academics/clinical lecturers the basic salary in Scotland is the highest in any of the UK nations throughout the pay scales.

    Basic salaries for junior doctors in England fall within the range £28,243 (‘Foundation Doctor Year 1’) to 40,039 per annum. ‘(Specialist Registrars’).

    The BMA has published (18 August 2022) basic pay scales for Junior Doctors in training in NHS Scotland. The scale ranges from £27,653 (‘Foundation house officer 1’) up to £57,349 per annum (‘Specialty registrar (full)’).

    The BMA web site also has this: ‘Doctor’s annual pay review from DDRB – Read our response and submission to the 2022/23 report from the DDRB (Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration) – Updated: Friday 29 July 2022’. It explains:

    ‘Pay award 2022/23: Following the 50th report of the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB), THE UK GOVERNMENTS HAVE decided to offer a 4.5% pay award to some groups of doctors for 2022/23.’ (my emphasis)

    We also learn that: ‘DOCTORS IN TRAINING IN ENGLAND HAVE ONCE AGAIN BEEN EXCLUDED FROM THE PAY AWARD PROCESS because their contract is still subject to a multiple-year pay deal, awarding them 2% for 2022/23.’.

    The BMA statement adds: ‘While the 4.5% uplift would in any case be unsatisfactory, amounting to a likely 6% pay cut in the face of spiralling inflation, TO EXCLUDE JUNIOR DOCTORS IN ENGLAND FROM THE AWARD GIVEN TO OTHER NHS WORKERS IS NOTHING LESS THAN A BETRAYAL OF THE PROFESSION.’ (Junior Doctors elsewhere in the UK are included in the pay offer along with other categories of medical doctors.)

    Anyone know if the BMA sought the assistance of the BBC to amplify its concerns over the treatment of Junior Doctors in England by the Westminster Government? The BMA in Scotland certainly seems to favour BBC Scotland as a channel for its complaints about government.

    Why does the term ‘synergy’ come to mind – the interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects?


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