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NHS England to publish details of each GP practice's income this year

NHS England has announced it will publish information about individual practices’ gross income this summer - and will also push ahead with plans to publish GPs’ net pay.

The GPC said the decision was ‘unfortunate’ and warned that publishing practice earnings would not give a full picture of NHS spending in a particular area.

The move to greater transparency on GP earnings was first announced as part of the 2014/15 contract deal, with ministers pledging that GPs’ net NHS earnings relating to the contract would be published from April 2015.

An NHS England spokesperson said: ‘Subject to discussions with the profession, NHS England plans to publish audited financial data on payments made to GP practices for the 2013/14 financial year in the summer.’

‘In 2015/16, we plan to publish audited data showing net pay to GPs, again subject to discussions with the profession. This follows agreement to do so in this year’s contract negotiations.’

The figures on net GP pay are expected to represent average GP earnings in each practice, rather than individual GPs’ salaries.

GPC deputy chair Dr Richard Vautrey said of the decision to publish practice income this year: ‘It is unfortunate that they have decided to publish it in this way because it will not inform patients at all. You have to look at the full picture of healthcare spending in a locality.’

‘However, we recognise that information on gross resource is already publicly available.’

Dr Vautrey added that the GPC had not yet agreed to any proposals on how NHS England could publish net GP pay.

He said: ‘No, the contract agreement is clear in that we agreed for a working group to be established to look at this. Net pay relates to individual GP income and at the moment that information is not publicly available, and indeed isn’t produced. That is why we agreed to establish a working group to look at how that might be done in a meaningful way.’

Readers' comments (10)

  • Azeem Majeed

    It's important that any statistics on GP net pay are accurate and comparable to NHS employees' pay (i.e. remove employers pension contributions, practice expenses, non-NHS earnings etc.).

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  • Tis will inevitably cause recruitment problems for lower earning practices!

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  • what other small businesses are forced through this demeaning exercise? Is this the final 'straw that broke the camel's back'?

    Hopefully medical indemnity payments can be removed as £7000 of my income goes on this. Perhaps those practices who do not make it a practice expense should, in order to massage the figures downwards.

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  • Let common sense prevail

    I think we should ask NHSE one simple question - Why?
    What are they hoping to achieve by publishing these figures, other than to encourage the public to criticise their GPs still further. For what purpose?

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  • This will open up a new can of worms regarding equitable distribution of resources. As this will result in the lowest common denominator only practices with significant private income and/or have low consultation rates will survive. The inverse care law will kick in and deprived areas will not have local GP surgeries at all.
    Either GP`s should be allowed to see their own patients privately as consultants are allowed to or BMA should stage a walkout of NHS before we lose patients trust with all the negative campaign.

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  • Will this include the
    "cost per whole time performer profit ratio" of the contracts such as APMS served by large private sector organisations, as a level playing field comparator?

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  • IF the data they plan to publish is fair and accurate I think their will be some sympathy from other professionals. My peers/friends in the non medical world (who are also on better terms - hours, no personal financial risk etc) have an income greater than many GPs.

    I think the public group that will be most upset will be those without the ability/opportunity/desire to perform a demanding professional role. The newspapers will emotionally charge them with sound bites. (Acknowledged there are some highly skilled professions out there that are poorly paid...engineering in this country as an example)

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  • Will this also include the publishing of data from Virgin healthcare et al,or is that comercially sensitive and they will be shielded from this.Will putting this data within the public domain allow private predators to pick and choose profitable Practices to approach and acquire.I for one look forward to seeing what private providers get for providing their service under the NHS brand.

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  • Let's start with Partnership Accounts of KPMG, PriceWaterhouse and alike focusing on Partners who's sole income is derived from the NHS work. After all, that is far more relevant than anything a GP earns

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  • This is an excellent idea! We will be able to see salaries of Directors of NHS CCGs and hospitals, which ones are taking their money through consultancy companies and being "efficient" on tax, and so on.
    Oh, silly me, the proposal is only about GP income.

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