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Final GP seniority payment figures published

NHS digital has published the final GP seniority factors for the 2013/14 financial year, which were at £88,724 for England and £84,454 for Wales.

For England, this is less than the interim figure used, which was estimated at £96,183, and will mean an average seniority payment for GMS GPs of £5,716.

For Wales it is similar to the interim estimation which had been set at £84,479, and will mean an average payment of £5,591.

The final seniority factors are calculated once data from GP tax returns has been collected and the average superannuable income from GPs is known.

Seniority factor payments were introduced as part of the GMS contract in 2004 and were designed to reward GPs’ experience but the 2014/15 GMS contract began to phase them out.

There will be a 15% year-on-year annual reduction until they are completely scrapped from 2020.

Readers' comments (4)

  • No point "being senior"if its not recognised.?Work to rule?

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  • Healthy Cynic

    Agent Hunt is looking for clever ways to encourage retention. I would suggest that removing the seniority bonus (which rewards not only experience but also partnership responsibilities) is not the best way to do it.

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  • GPs might be technically private contractors but there remains the mentality of the Civil Service.

    That a GP has kept their seat warm for 30 years by itself demonstrates nothing - are skills up to date? Are they catching more illnesses earlier? Are they preventing more patients from needing hospital visits? Metrics?!? Evil Private Sector Blasphemy - turning up should be enough!

    That they are a senior Partner in their own business means they get financial reward from running the business well - surely?

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  • Rory the locum. Shouldn't that be Roary? or Snarly? or Chipshoulder the Grumpy? the future of the profession....

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