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Male GPs earn 10% more

Male GPs earn 10 per cent more per hour on average than their female counterparts, a study suggests.

Preliminary results from a March 2004 University of York study reveal male GPs earn £81,000 a year for an average 48-hour week, while women GPs earn £57,000 for 37 hours.

Author Professor Hugh Gravelle, professor of health economics at York's Centre for Health Economics, said male GPs tended to work more on-call hours, which were often more lucrative than in-hours work.

Dr Pauline Brimblecombe, a GP in Cambridge and a former president of the Medical Women's Federation, said the pay gap could have widened under the new contract as it encouraged practices to take on salaried GPs, who were more likely to be women.

She said: 'You are much less likely to take on a part-time partner. The plum jobs still go to the boys.'

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