DOCTORS, who earn £128,000 a year, lament they are worse off than their colleagues – to justify this week’s strikes.
A British Medical Association chief said yesterday it was “much stronger” for advisers than for other public sector workers.
The medics resign on Thursday and Friday after ministers rejected their calls for a 35 per cent increase.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said no number of strikes would meet his “final” 6 percent offer.
But dr Vishal Sharma, chair of the BMA Advisory Committee, said it was “actually a significant cut” due to inflation.
He added: “It’s actually one of the biggest cuts we’ve ever seen, despite over 15 years of wage cuts.”
Given their enormous salaries, he added: “It’s not just about the average wage, not everyone is in the same position.”
“Advisors’ salaries have been cut more than any other group in the public sector.”
Tory MPs reacted angrily to advisers’ demands last night.
Paul Bristow, Member of the House of Commons Health Committee, said: “I don’t think many of my low-income constituents who are struggling to make ends meet will think they’ve fared any better than the £100,000 advisers. “
“NHS staff have done an excellent job during the pandemic but my sympathies go out to those on more modest incomes, such as B. Nursing assistants, cleaners and carers.”