I have read with interest the debate currently being aired in NCE on the comparison of engineers with nurses.
While I do not wish to comment on the merits of nurses' versus civil engineers' salaries, it does seem that the thrust of the argument has become lost in an emotive narrow comparison.
It should be remembered that both the medical and engineering professions comprise a vast range of categories of personnel from those in senior professional and managerial positions to those at the base of the tree.
The contents of the letters published to date seems to signal that members of the Institution have decided that our directly comparable grade in the medical professions are nurses and that chartered engineers are not equivalent to consultants, doctors or any of the other higher medical grades. If this is so, it is clear the long running debate on the status and remuneration of the chartered engineer has already been lost within our own mindset.
Peter Bromley (M), 14 Hawthorn Park Road, Wembury, Plymouth, PL9 0DB