The NHS student medics who say they're going private
The UK medics who are moving to Australia, becoming social media stars and joining OnlyFans instead of working in the NHS
- Dr Ali Abdaal made £2million in profits from his YouTube account
- Dr Helena Bridge said the NHS system is a sinking ship
Thousands of freshly-trained medics join the NHS every year after five years in medical school.
But it was revealed this week that, rather than working in the health service, a third of those in training plan to flee the UK in favour of working in the likes of Australia, New Zealand and Canada in a bid for better pay and work-life balance.
One in 33 students even plan to leave medicine altogether.
Among the medics vacating the health service include those jetting off to use their skills abroad and those becoming social media stars or joining OnlyFans – with some earning millions.
Moved to Australia
Dr Michael Mrozinski says he felt exhausted after working in the NHS for seven years.
The medic, 37, says that during his time as a junior doctor in Glasgow, the NHS couldn’t ‘care less’ about his ideas for providing better patient care.
Dr Michael Mrozinski says he felt exhausted after working in the NHS for seven years
On TikTok, the Scot explained that by age 30 he was ‘completely burnt out’.
He said he saw far too many patients, was snowed under with paperwork and always left an hour or two after finishing.
Dr Mrozinski said: ‘That just wasn’t sustainable for me.
‘So I decided to get away from the NHS, to move out to Australia and it is the best decision I have ever made.’
The medic started working in Australia in 2016. He said his work-life balance is far more sustainable and his more senior colleagues even ‘scolded him for not taking his coffee breaks’ or staying 20 minutes after his shift.
Became a Youtube star
Dr Ali Abdaal, 29, studied medicine for six years at Cambridge University and worked as a junior doctor for a further two.
During his studies, he set up a YouTube channel, creating content around medicine and his degree.
Dr Ali Abdaal, 29, studied medicine for six years at Cambridge University and worked as a junior doctor for a further two
But eight years into working for the NHS, he was earning £40,000 a year as a medic while he claims his YouTube account made him millions.
He said: ‘This year we are expecting the business to probably make around £2million in profit.’
‘The money equation here is completely asymmetrical,’ he added.
He explained that he would have eventually reached a salary of £100,000 working for the NHS after specialising, but that wouldn’t be for many years.
Dr Abdaal revealed that while he did enjoy his job as a doctor, he did not look forward to going to work on a Monday morning.
He said now he genuinely looks forward to going to work every day and rushes through his morning routine just to sit at his desk and work on ‘doing his own thing’.
Michaela Ogilvie, from Ramsgate, left her role as an NHS mental health social worker earlier this year.
The 32-year-old made the decision after becoming ‘depressed’ by her work.
Meanwhile, 32-year-old Michaela Ogilvie, from Ramsgate, left her role as an NHS mental health social worker earlier this year after becoming ‘depressed’ by her role. Since making the switch, the content creator has amassed nearly 20,000 followers on Instagram and 30,000 on TikTok. But her income comes from OnlyFans, where she claims she is also in the top two percent of creators on the site and earns up to £1,000 a week
Since making the switch, the content creator has amassed nearly 20,000 followers on Instagram and 30,000 on TikTok.
But her income comes from OnlyFans, where she claims she is in the top two percent of creators on the site, earns up to £1,000 a week.
She said: ‘I enjoy it so much more than social work – it’s so freeing.
‘For me it’s about taking back control.’
Became a life coach
Dr Helena Bridge, who worked as an NHS junior doctor in Oxford, says she was often left ‘sobbing and hyperventilating’ while working as a junior doctor.
She said she was overwhelmed with calls and a long list of urgent tasks, which left her ‘scared’ in case she made a mistake that cost someone their life.
After nearly a decade in medicine, she took the ‘ultimate risk’ and left the NHS last year.
Dr Helena Bridge, who worked as an NHS junior doctor in Oxford, says she was often left ‘sobbing and hyperventilating’ while working as a junior doctor
The neuroscience graduate became a life coach instead and has since set up her own business.
Dr Bridge said: ‘I am definitely not anti-medicine, but I am anti-suffering.’
‘The system feels like a sinking ship’, Helena added.
‘I would not want to continue working in a health care system like this, because I couldn’t provide to my patients the kind of care standards that I would want for my own family or friends or for myself.
‘I don’t dehumanise patients, I don’t see them as a tick box on a list of todo things. I value people’s quality of life, I value that they are not in pain.’
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