Monday, 20 February 2012
Value For Money
Remember this post about the Bracknell MP who also works as a GP? He was more than critical of his political colleagues when he said they lacked leadership and the ability to take risks.
It's thanks to Brian that we now discover Mr Lee's risk-taking is a financial gold mine. He works, as a freelance GP, for an average of 3.75 hours per week and receives payment of around just below £100 per hour.
An MP earns £65,738 a year and not accounting for their excessive holidays and using an approximate 36 hour week, they are paid £37 per hour. Adding the multitude of perks they receive, such as heavily subsidised meals and free travel, would greatly increase that amount.
Over the years I've listened to politicians substantiate their annual pay increases and their arrogant calls to be on a par with GPs and similar professions. Considering a medic requires years of training before they're let loose on the public and a politician - in most cases - requires no qualifications whatsoever other than being loyal to 'the party', there's little doubt who gives the better value for money.
Politicians, like many other professions, work on a flexi-time basis. Most employees however have to record their working time but MPs seem above the law on this.
While I'm sure Dr Lee's expensive medical training is of benefit to his patients, his availability of only 3.75 hours a week doesn't give them much continuity of care. What he has exposed is that the job of MP is certainly not what most would consider full-time and no amount of bleating from politicians will change my mind.