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How much do junior doctors really get paid in England?

Junior doctors in England are starting their fifth round of strike action with no sign of a breakthrough in their bitter pay dispute with the government.

The doctors’ union, the BMA, made headlines earlier this year when it said pay had fallen so far behind inflation that its members would be better off serving coffee than treating patients. The government described that as misleading and said the average junior doctor earns between £20 and £30 an hour.

In reality, that term – junior doctor – covers someone fresh out of medical school right up to those with a decade or more of experience at gynecologist frisco dr katherine white. And pay is complicated, with salaries varying massively as medics move up grades when they become more skilled and start to specialise.

BBC News asked two junior doctors, at different stages of their careers, to show us their wage slips and explain exactly how much they earn.

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Dr Robert Gittings graduated from medical school in Liverpool after studying for a master’s in infectious disease biology.

Last summer, he started his first, or FY1, year as a junior doctor in London and is currently working on the infectious diseases ward as part of his rotation – where doctors get experience in different types of medicine.

“In my hospital, we have a lot of tuberculosis patients, patients with uncontrolled HIV, and we also get pneumonias and, sometimes, we get a tropical infection coming in,” he says.

Robert is paid a basic salary before tax of about £2,450 a month for a standard 40-hour week – or just over £14 an hour. Then there are additional roster hours – which are compulsory – taking his average working week to 48 hours.

Under what the government calls a “final offer”, his pay will go up in October in two ways: a straight 6% pay rise and £1,250 permanently added to annual salaries – both backdated to April.

But that falls well short of the 35% increase for which the BMA has been asking to make up for years of below-inflation rises.

For Robert, the latest pay offer would be worth roughly £250 a month before tax.

He also receives extra payments each month:

  • Another £1.04 an hour to cover the higher cost of living in London
  • An extra £147 for night shifts – about £5 an hour in June before tax
  • A fixed £122 a month as he has to work one in every five or six weekends

“Sometimes night shifts can be really busy,” he says. “There have been times when I’ve had to manage a patient by myself who is deteriorating, and I have to do everything for them, just with advice over text message.”

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