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Hold the front page: papers stand up for GP high earners

The highest earning GPs are among the victims of the ‘Return of class war’ screams today’s front page of The Daily Telegraph.

By Ian Quinn

The highest earning GPs are among the victims of the ‘Return of class war' screams today's front page of The Daily Telegraph.

Doubtless there would have been some GPs waking up with a bit of a tax-induced headache today and accountants were warning that they should seek clarification to see just how hard they may be hit by Alistair Darling's budget.

But what hits Pulse even harder is the great U-Turn by the Telegraph-and other newspapers- which have consistently attacked GPs as being grossly overpaid , if not downright greedy.

Now GPs are portrayed as the victims of Gordon Brown's Red Army.

So which is it?

The Times, in February last year, was among those which slaughtered the profession, when ‘damaging' figures portrayed the new contract as a windfall for GPs but ‘not a good deal for patients'.

The aforementioned Telegraph has won huge thanks from GPs previously for running such helpful headlines as ‘Doctors' pay deal 'was so easy it was a laugh'.

So GPs can be forgiven for thinking the paper was having one when today it declared the Government's tax grab of GPs among others was a ‘cynical breach' of New Labour's manifesto.

So good news for GPs cursing the Chancellor and his meddlesome red box today- at least the crusading national media are now firmly on your side.

The Association of Independent Specialist Medical Accountants (AISMA), warns GPs face a possible double whammy of an additional rate of income tax of 50 per cent for earnings over £150,000 plus having personal allowances for those earning over £100,000 restricted.

Bob Senior, vice chairman, AISMA, says: ‘Accountants are still pouring over the detail from the Treasury but it is already clear that higher earning GPs will need guidance over some complex issues surrounding pension contributions.'

Further advice can find details on the Aisma website

Gordon Brown: his Government's budget could hit top earning GPs Gordon Brown: his Government's budget could hit top earning GPs

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