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BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 21 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6301
  1. Oliver Ellis, foundation year 1 doctor, Mersey Deanery, Liverpool L3 4BL, UK
  1. oli.ellis{at}

Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”1

But the people who run the NHS have misinterpreted this quote. It emphatically doesn’t mean, “Choose a job you love, and you’ll stick around while they nickel and dime you out of a fair wage.”

The BMA reports that, adjusted for inflation, consultants and doctors in training have seen a 13% pay cut since 2008.2

There seems to be a weird idea floating around that doctors ought to be working solely for the love of it, …

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