The other day I underwent a two and a half hour delicate operation that required a local. It gave much time to explore various topics of conversation with the three nurses, a first year doctor and the surgeon.
Inevitably talk got onto the NHS as it always does! I am on good ground here as the French standard is far higher than UK private, let alone the NHS. Surprisingly they all talked down the nurses and junior doctor plight in the UK - particularly the nurses. The three nurses attending me said it was disgraceful that a UK nurse can leave a well enough paid job in the NHS, join a private agency and return to the same job with more money, and then have the nerve to go out on strike!
I had to agree with that. It is disgraceful. When I got home - and here is the point of the title - decided to Google medical pay comparisons, and what is accepted as a good salary in various countries. Astonishingly, the search results showed the average nurses salary in France as c. 36k€ and with the UK at 39kGBP. If this is the case, and listening to the three nurses in the theatre, I am changing my neutral stance on what is going on in the UK to one of, let’s say dismay.
Much interesting information appears on further surfing - eg, earning 4k€ p.m puts one into the top 8% of earners in France, with 8k€ p.m putting you in the top 1%…
But, as I question: what is the accuracy of the stuff on Google? Google cannot be blamed as such for any inaccuracies, but so often these days, what is read in Google content is taken to be accurate. mmm.