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Just one in eight GPs earns over £100k a year

Almost 90% of GPs earn less than £100,000 a year, new data has shown despite the figures highlighting that payment stretches to more than £600,000 in one case.

Official figures released to the Sun newspaper by NHS Business Services Authority show 5,601 GPs took home £100,000 or more in pensionable pay in 2017/18.

The statistics, which were published under a freedom of information (FOI) request and only look at GP pay of £100,000 or more, show a total of 18 GPs earnt at least £300,000.

But separate NHS workforce statistics show there are currently around 45,625 GPs working in England - meaning only around 12% earn a six-figure sum.

GP leaders said the statistics show the vast majority of the profession is not earning huge sums of money.

They added that for the few that are earning the largest amounts, this is often reflective of the risks involved in running a business.

BMA GP Committee chair Dr Richard Vautrey said: ‘It’s worth noting that in comparison to the tens of thousands of GPs working across the UK, the group identified in these statistics is extremely small and not reflective of most GPs’ earnings.’

He added: ‘Those shown in this data to be high earners, are more likely to be managing a business operation, set up to manage multiple GP practices, rather than being on the frontline of general practice and seeing patients.’

Professor Azeem Majeed, a GP and professor of primary care at Imperial College London, said: ‘The vast majority of GPs are earning less than £100,000 – and the small number of GPs earning large incomes are likely to be running chains of practices.

'If the job was lucrative as this data suggests, there would be no workforce crisis in general practice. Clearly, the workload and associated stress is very high and the income for most GPs is not high when compared to NHS staff such as consultants and managers.’

Derby and Derbyshire LMC treasurer Dr Peter Holden said: ‘I will defend those colleagues earning those figures up to £200,000 any day of the week. For starters, many of us are working 60-70 hours a week. We carry enormous responsibility and our job is to exercise a very high degree of judgement and our job is managing uncertainty. That in the city would be awarded three or four times that.’

Research from last year found GP partners’ income decreased by 10% in real terms between 2008 and 2017, which ‘may have contributed to current recruitment and retention problems’ according to the findings.

The latest GP workforce statistics, from September 2019, show there has been a decrease of 1,008 fully-qualified full-time equivalent GPs in England since September 2015 - when former health secretary Jeremy Hunt pledged to increase the workforce by 5,000 by 2020.

 

Readers' comments (31)

  • THE USE OF "MEDIA PROXIES" TO ATTACK YOUR PERCEIVED ENEMIES HAS BEEN A GOVERNMENT STRATEGY AGAINST THE PUBLIC SECTOR FOR YEARS.....
    THE IDEA IS THAT THE MEDIA CAN KEEP THE PUBLIC SECTOR "IN CHECK" BY SUCH INTIMIDATION.
    IT WORKS TEMPORARILY BUT THE FALLOUT IS THAT NOBODY WANTS TO WORK IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR.

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  • With high social status, high hourly pay rates, no OOH and no weekends, there are an awful lot of GPs who are actually doing very nicely thank you. That is why so many choose to work less than full time.

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  • Yet vast sections of the general public GPs serve think we are rich lazy and arrogant and are only doing it to get “rich”

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  • Lincolnshire GP

    The highest hourly rates are for locums-hence why nobody wants Partnership or Salaried......

    As for high social status, what does this actually mean?

    Who cares about social status anyway.....what does this mean? Do you walk around saying "Do you know who I am?" I certainly do not. Do we get special treatment as a result of this alleged social status? I can think of none, can you?
    This is all fictional nonsense peddled by the Daily Nutter...we are not in the 1950s....nobody cares who you are or what you do these days...nothing means anything in the modern world....We live in a society, in general, no longer values these jobs but rather values celebrities and footballers and we have the media to thank for that....

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  • WHY CAN'T SOMEONE FROM THE DAILY NUTTER PLEASE BREAK THE "CODE OF SILENCE" AND ADMIT THAT THEY PEDDLE THESE ANTI-GP STORIES AS A "FAVOUR FOR THEIR POLITICAL MASTERS"...WHO THINK THAT "TERRORISING GPs" WILL SOLVE THE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION CRISIS...IT IS INCREDIBLE THAT SOMEONE COULD BE THAT THICK AS TO THINK THAT ATTACKING PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS REPEATEDLY WILL BRING ABOUT A POSITIVE OUTCOME.....

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  • what do private orthopaedics earn per consult/ per hour????? no-one bashes them in the press.....

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  • Clicked on to the link to the sun to see article and noted another article about the prostitute earning more than £2000 a week.......balloon game anybody?

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  • Lincolnshire GP: are you really a GP? That sounds very much like the musings of a daily mail reporter (or reader)? Many work LTFT due to pension, tax and other financial penalties. That coupled with levels of stress that have them questioning on a weekly or monthly basis whether they really can continue in the profession as it stands. And agreed, once employer pension contributions are included the salary of a GP partner is comparable to a hospital consultant’s. Yet theirs aren’t bandied about in the press on a weekly basis. Walk in someone’s shoes for a mile, then tell us how comfortable they are.

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  • Pensionable or gross annual pay is not a good indicator of GP pay. The best indicator would be £/hour pay. Our calculations have shown that average GP earns around £45-55/hr after all those years of training and responsibilities. My plumber charges me £100 call out charge and additional £75 for 15 min of work. Other comparable professions should be MPs, solicitors & barristers charges per hour of work.

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  • Even the GPs earning over 100k pay 30-60k in tax so what difference does it make? Your take home pay will be maybe 20k more a year but the downside is the extra stress and negative health effects that entails on you personally and on your family. Many GPs are therefore deciding that the trade off ain’t worth it. Its not rocket science. The public have been spoonfed by corrupt media and politicians the notion that GPs are greedy lowlives who are there to serve, get paid a little and shut up. This explains the rudeness GPs encounter every day from members of the general public...I think we all know what I mean. Bottom line is that the UK economy has stagnated over the last decade and everyone has turned into a moaner. GPs were easy prey in this climate as they’re frontline medical staff and people wrongly think that our job is a piece of cake when the reality is anything but

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