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GPs get brickbats over pay

Incredulity, irritation and cur-iosity typify GPs' reactions to widespread media reports that they are earning as much as £250,000 a year.

The reports stem from comments by the Association of Independent Specialist Medical Accountants that around 10 GPs at the 600 practices in its annual income survey earned the sum in 2005.

Newspapers and broadcast media have since questioned whether GPs have deserved their pay rise and whether they are to blame for NHS deficits.

GPs reported being on the receiving end of numerous comments from patients last week, as well as the odd sarcastic aside.

Dr Bapi Biswas, a GP in Skelmersdale, west Lancashire, said 'loads' of patients had brought up the story.

He said: 'Most of them

are joking, though one patient did say that with all this

money I should be happy to do a home visit.'

Dr David Irwin, a GP in Buckden, Cambridgeshire, explained to his local newspaper how only GPs with several surgeries could earn £250,000

He said: 'I explained they were not just GPs but businessmen.'

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, a GP in Harrow, Middlesex, said GP pay was a topic of 'major discussion' with friends who had 'a genuine confusion that there's no smoke without fire'.

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