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BMA chair gets '94%' salary rise, top locum paid £460,000 while nursing agency rakes in £43m

A round-up of the morning’s health news headlines

A theme of high-earning medics in the paper today is led by a Guardian exclusive revealing ‘secret’ BMA pay rises to ‘senior figures’.

A leaked paper showed that BMA chair Dr Mark Porter got a 94% pay rise last year, with his salary going from £88,320 to £171,692.

The Telegraph meanwhile reports that the highest paid locum agency doctor was paid £460,000 in 2014/15. An investigation by workforce firm Liaison found the general medicine practitioner was working average 80-hour weeks.

The top 10 earning doctors made £3m between them, with the high rates said to be because of the lack of availability of locums.

The Daily Mail is also focusing on the cost of temporary healthcare staff, with its investigation revealing that one nursing agency billed the NHS £43m last year.

It comes as the Government announced last week that it is to set a cap on locum agency fees, yet to be agreed.

Readers' comments (6)

  • Could we have the names of the Locum Agency and its owners. Or is it that only GPs can be named and shamed?

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  • Are these the same Tories that whined about Labour freezing energy bills ? Surely "market forces " will decide .

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  • Marke forces. The Locum Doctor is earning more along the lines of what they are worth. Private surgeons can earn over a million a year whereas under the NHS monopoly they earn £20 an hour. The NHS doesn't pay doctors (and nurses for that matter) the true value for their expertise.

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  • All BMA members contributed to Dr porter's pay rise. Did he double his hours as well as his pay? indeed, how many hours does he work? I have been having to work 5 x11-hour days, in GP, despite having ecided to take a cut in income 3 years ago, so that I could do voluntary work on 2 days of the week:- but other partners had other ideas - including that anyone who works less than 60 hours a week is "not a proper doctor" what utter rubbish.

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  • Nurse Consultants earn £90,000 per year for limited skills and spend most their time avoiding real work by doing education sessions thereby avoiding any face to face contact with patients !

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  • @11:37- To be honest, we as GPs could learn a thing or two from Nurses. They form better teams and are a more cohesive profession than we are and that may be one of the things that help them fare better. I wouldn't go judging about who's avoiding work but certainly, you will find that group in every profession. Dodging work is also an art, I guess and maybe we should learn to do it too- safely that is :) - would sure be less stress.

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