BMA hits back at £380,000-a-year pay claims
By Steve Nowottny
The British Medical Association has hit back at national newspaper reports claiming that GPs are now earning as much as £380,000 – arguing that many of the figures quoted represent practice income rather than GP earnings.
An investigation by the Daily Mail, based on figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act from 22 PCTs, claimed to have ‘found one GP earning £380,000 a year and a number pocketing more than £300,000.'
The newspaper added: ‘The highest-paid of all was a GP in North East Essex PCT, who earned £380,394. The trust, covering 40 surgeries in the Colchester area, would not name the doctor or say whether the figure included outgoings.'
But a BMA spokesperson said the figures were misleading with many based – as the Mail itself admitted – on total practice income.
‘These figures don't tally with statistics based on GP tax returns,' she said. ‘Primary Care Trusts have information based on the amount of income a practice receives – this is not what GPs earn as clearly there are many expenses to be paid such as staff pay and rent.'
‘There is huge variation in these figures and this is not reflected in previous statistics, which show very little difference between the highest and lowest earning areas of the country.'
The Daily Mail investigation did however also find one GP in Norfolk earning £310,000 – even after staff and other practice expenses had been deducted. The newspaper also reported that some GPs are receiving up to £204 an hour for providing extended opening hours.The BMA has criticised reports claiming GPs earn up to £380,000 a year The BMA has criticised reports claiming GPs earn up to £380,000 a year