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UK doctors lured to Australia with ads promising £130,000 salary and days off to swim and surf

NHS doctors are being lured to Australia by adverts promising them a six-figure salary and 20 days off each month to “travel, swim and surf in the sun”.

The advert has been placed in the BMJ, the prominent journal published by the British Medical Association union, during a week in which the NHS has been rocked by further nurses’ strikes.

The industrial action is one of a number of long-running pay disputes between health workers and the government. While unions representing more than one million NHS staff accepted a 5 per cent pay rise on Wednesday, nurses and junior doctors are among those still battling for better wages.