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Pay analysis was relevant and unbiased

Your article on the GP pay figures quotes a doctor as claiming our analysis was part of a 'wilful agenda' against general practice.

This accusation is totally untrue. The NHS Information Centre is an independent, NHS organisation and the information we publish is in line with the National Statistics Code of Practice.

This means it can be trusted as unbiased, relevant and authoritative.

The NHS Information Centre published our report, the GP Earnings and Expenses Enquiry, on behalf of the Technical Steering Committee (TSC) - a group including representation from the GPC, UK health departments and NHS employers.

The negotiating parties asked for the report as part of the committee's workplan, and the TSC was fully consulted.

The information in the time series was provided by the BMA from historical records.

All the figures quoted included private and NHS pay (other than where stated).

The report goes to some lengths to acknowledge changes in GPs' workload, including new contractual arrangements.

The decision to highlight changes in pay over 20 years was made because this was a meaningful length of time and whatever the period we had chosen, the figures would still have shown a significant increase in GP pay in either cash or real terms.

Tim Straughan, chief executive, The NHS Information Centre

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