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PMS GPs earn £13,000 more than GMS

PMS GPs earned almost £13,000 more than their GMS counterparts last year, new figures reveal.

Income statistics from a firm of medical accountants showed GMS GPs in England took home an average £82,381 in 2003 – a 5.7 per cent rise – whereas PMS GPs earned £95,061. The higher earnings for PMS GPs stemmed from increased levels of non-NHS income and lower expenses.

The figures from Dodd & Co also revealed the pay gap between GPs in England and Scotland has narrowed for the second year running.

Average earnings for GMS doctors in Scotland were £73,709, up 8.1 per cent on 2002. The pay gap has dropped from £10,039 in 2001 to £8,672.

GPs in Scotland earned more from allowances, but lower list sizes meant English GPs earned more in fees and items of service. List sizes in both countries rose.

GPs in England took on an average of 97 new patients, bringing lists up to 1,809. In Scotland lists rose by 44 patients to 1,408 per GP.

Dodd & Co predicted that profits would rise by 10 per cent in 2004.

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