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GPs have condemned as 'hogwash' an MP's jibe that they are all earning more than £100,000 a year for doing a nine-to-five job.

In a debate on BBC Radio 4's Week In Westminster programme, Eric Joyce, Labour MP for Falkirk West, said NHS cash was being 'poured into the wallets of GPs and consultants'.

He said: 'The problem in the health service is that we have not sufficiently tackled the really potent powerful vested interests.

'I hear endlessly about how GPs are critical of Government and they get paid 100 grand for a nine-to-five job. Too much of that NHS money has gone into people's pockets.'

GPs in Mr Joyce's constituency were livid at the comments.

Dr John Rankin, secretary of Forth Valley LMC and a GP in Stirling, said Mr Joyce was ignorant of the new contract.

He said: 'He doesn't know what he's talking about. Our contracted hours are eight to 6.30. He doesn't know what the net remuneration for the new contract was intended to be.'

Dr Rankin said that without money from the quality and outcomes framework his practice would struggle to break-even this year.

'It's utter hogwash to talk of vested interests. This was a negotiation ­ there is no vested interest ­ it was an agreement between two parties,' he added.

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