GPs forced into limbo by complaint system chaos
An MP who claimed GPs 'earned more than £100,000 a year for a nine-to-five job' claimed £152,861 in expenses last year. Parliamentary figures show Eric Joyce, Labour MP for Falkirk West, was the fifth highest claimer out of all 658 MPs in 2003/4. In the previous year he was top of the list.
Mr Joyce's claims for 2003/4 included £39,116 in travel expenses, £18,799 for 'incidental expenses provision' and £20,333 in 'additional costs allowance'.
Following his comments during a Radio 4 debate, Forth Valley LMC has written to Mr Joyce inviting him to meet local GPs.
Dr John Rankin, LMC secretary and a GP in Stirling, said: 'We want him to see for himself the reality of what GPs do and when we work as well as show him that his calculations are wide of the mark.
'These figures about his expenses are certainly interesting in the light of what he has been saying.'