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Practices must reveal their income from NHS

Every GP practice must make available details of its NHS income and prescribing spending for public scrutiny by

October 31 to comply with the Freedom of Information Act.

The GPC has reminded GPs that, like all public bodies, practices must produce a

'publication schedule' that lists the types of information they hold, how the public

can access it and charges for doing so.

Its guidance points out there is 'a particular expectation that public bodies will account for how they spend public funds', but that the

level of disclosure agreed would not allow 'an individual

GP's personal income to be calculated'.

A practice's NHS income must be disclosed, as well as drug expenditure, unless the practice can make a case that its commercial interests would be damaged.

Gloucestershire LMC has expressed concern in its current newsletter that the public could infer that gross practice income 'all goes into a GP's pocket'. It added: Some members felt the information required was too personal.'

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