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Average salaried GP rate 'drops by £10 per hour'

The average hourly rate of salaried GPs has dropped by more than £10 since 2012, according to the results of a survey by a primary care recruitment consultancy.  

The results of First Practice Management’s (FPM) 2013 GP practice staff salary survey of 200 people show that salaried GPs now earn £44.17 per hour compared with the £54.63 per hour they were earning in 2012.

The findings also show that locum GPs are reported to earn significantly more, at an average of £69.72 per hour.

Dr Richard Fieldhouse, chief executive of the National Association of Sessional GPs, said: ‘These findings do not surprise me. The experience I have is that locums are turning away 50% of all work given to them. In the last 18 months, practices have asked our chambers, which includes 40 locum GPs, to cover 16,000 half-day shifts and we have only been able to take on 9,000 of them.’

On salaried GPs, Dr Fieldhouse added: ‘When GP practice earnings went up, salaried incomes didn’t go up. But now practice incomes are going down, salaries are going down.’

Readers' comments (19)

  • As a partner, if this is true, I think it is disgraceful.
    No wonder the younger generation of salaried GPs are angry with partners and feel abused.
    Equally, shame on them for accepting this rate of pay. Are they really worth so much less than an MP who has to have absolutely no qualifications or experience at all?

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  • Listen salaried doctors have always been abused. Partners love to come up with all kinds of nonsense about why partnership cannot be given which is why doctors have abandoned salaried positions into locum life. What I continue to be surprised about is why partners feel so shocked about why people don't want to be a salaried serf. isn't it obvious?

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  • Further to my previous comment....as9.34
    We have a salaried doctor who has chosen not to be a partner and he is paid considerably more than that.
    Not all partners are abusing salaried doctors but, if this is a true average, some clearly are and shame on them!

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  • Partners income is also dropping at a rate and with this years near impossible QoF targets and a probable 1% pay 'rise' I will be taking a further substantial cut in income.

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  • Why are there still salaried GP's????? Some people just love to be abused.........

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  • £44.17 per hour = £86,131 per annum for a 37.5 hour week.
    Is that really abuse?

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  • taking a partner is like getting married. dispute are not uncommon. salaried gp's respect seniors for fear of losing job. A partner is difficult to dislodge if you chose wrong partner.. salaried advert have become norm now and likely to continue.

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  • do these figures take into account indemnity and pension?

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  • I cannot find anyone interested in partnership - or salaried for that matter. All I can get is very expensive locums to partially cover ever dwindling annual leave. Don't salaried doctors get every 8th or 9th session as study leave?

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  • Hang on a minute (I was a salaried GP until recently taking up a partnership)... I think we need to know how these figures were calculated. Is this for a 37.5 hour week over 52 weeks a year? If so it gives an annual salary of £86000 which is definitely not abuse.

    Those of you who are partners should calculate what you get for doing 12 hour days. You will find that your hourly rate is the same £40 per hour or less. Part-time partners such as myself routinely work more than 40 hours a week and full time colleagues are easily on 50-60 hours per week.

    It is true that salaried GPs are being asked to do more (QOF, audits etc) for the same salary but this is true of everyone working in general practice. Abusing salaried GPs should be condemned but having to work harder for the same money has been a fact of general practice for years now.

    Salaried GPs were never going to be immune from this as partners' hourly rate is equally bad if not worse. A partners pay is generally higher due to a greater number of hours out into running the business which includes clinical care and administration.

    Even if salaried GPs were to stick to purely clinical work they would find that they are having to work longer simply to keep up as there are more letters, results, prescriptions and patient contacts to deal with than ever before. I suspect that the drop in hourly rate has come from them spending longer doing the core work (as partners are doing) with added administrative duties.

    We all earn less per hoursthan plumbers or other similar self-employed tradesmen. To earn a greater hourly rate than partners would make it thoroughly undesirable for a business to employ salaried GPs in the first place and there would soon be no salaried jobs for anyone to complain about.

    This was a sensationalist headline story with no real substance. The fact is that GP is a much less desirable job than it was whether you are a partner, salaried or a locum.

    ... Exiting the NHS en masse would in my opinion be the most sensible option as it would allow the UK to purchase the best care it can afford. At the same time it would allow those that are able or wish to pay for healthcare to reduce burden on the state and have greater say in the type of care they receive. We as GPs might even gain our sense of professionalism and a half-decent work-life balance.

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