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Salaried GPs do not appreciate risks of being a partner

I'm writing to respond to Dr Ruth Chapman's article about partners exploiting salaried GPs (pulsetoday.co.uk/careers). It is clear that she does not understand the salary figures she is quoting.

If the average GP partner in England earns £113,600, then this figure includes the amounts for National Insurance and pension contributions, whereas the salaried GP figure of £50,332 to £76,462 excludes these amounts.

We pay our salaried GPs about £70,000 including a QOF-related bonus, which ends up costing the partners about £87,000 once additional expenses are added. As a partner I earned about £107,000 last year. This is a difference of only £20,000 for all the additional risk and duties involved. With a mooted 0% pay rise on the cards again this year, the gap will close further and we may reach a stage where salaried GPs are actually getting paid more for doing less work. Will they be as keen to get into a partnership if this situation arises? Perhaps they would like to top up my salary if this situation does occur.

In my experience, our salaried doctors take far more sick leave than any of the partners, do exactly the same amount of clinical work and none of the partnership donkey work. If the situation gets much worse I might even opt for a salaried job myself!

Just look around at other careers that have partners and salaried workers such as law or accountancy. The salaried workers accept the situation and instead of moaning about not getting paid as much as a partner they work extremely hard in the hope that they might become one.

None of our salaried GPs has so far shown this level of commitment.

Name and address supplied, Greater Manchester

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