Trainee salary issues

The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI), through its GAT (Group of Anaesthetists in Training) Committee and the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), has been made aware of multiple issues surrounding pay following the latest job changeover in August. This is a serious concern to us all. In response, the AAGBI in collaboration with the RCoA has produced a survey to capture evidence of the scale of the problems.  All trainees are encouraged to respond as soon as possible to the survey with their experiences of incorrect salary and the effects this has had. The link to the survey is here. 

Deirdre Conway, Chair of the GAT Committee commented:
“These issues may, frustratingly, be all too familiar to those of us who rotate placements frequently. It may be that the transition on to the new terms and conditions of the junior doctor contract in England has added a layer of complexity and not helped the situation.”

Paul Clyburn, President of Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland said:
“Our trainees are working at a time of unprecedented demand. Not getting paid correctly at the end of the month is unacceptable and should be an area of high concern for all involved. There can be no doubt that unexpected financial pressures on individuals only serves to worsen morale and should be considered a ‘red flag’ for wellbeing.”

Liam Brennan, President of Royal College of Anaesthetists said: “I am concerned by the reports of payroll problems which undoubtedly contribute to increased stress and poor morale at a time when trainees are already coping with the challenge of starting in a new post. We are raising these issues at the highest levels.”

Dr Deirdre Conway, GAT Committe Chair, Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland

Dr Paul Clyburn, President, Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland

Dr Liam Brennan, President, Royal College of Anaesthetists

Further information
The BMA has information on pay structures and understanding your pay slip here. For trainees in England, pay mishaps can be exception reported under the new terms and conditions.

Contact GAT Committee
We are always eager to hear of any issues that trainees are facing so please get in touch via

About The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI)
As the professional membership organisation for over 11,000 anaesthetists in the UK and Ireland, the AAGBI promotes patient care and safety, and advances anaesthesia through education, publications, research and international work, as well as the professional aspects of the specialty. The AAGBI’s motto in somno securitas (safe in sleep) encapsulates the major focus of the AAGBI: safety in anaesthesia

Royal College of Anaesthetists
Anaesthesia is the largest single hospital specialty in the NHS. The Royal College of Anaesthetists is the professional body responsible for the specialty throughout the UK, and it ensures the quality of patient care through the maintenance of standards in anaesthesia, critical care and pain medicine.


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