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GP partner pay drops by 4.3% in the last six months

Exclusive GP partner pay decreased by 4.3% since April, despite favourable contract announcements in England, Scotland and Wales, a new Pulse survey has revealed.

The survey of 547 GP partners found that around half of GPs said their takings had decreased since April, with only one in ten saying they had experienced a pay increase.

This is despite all UK governments awarding GP contractual uplifts for the year that were intended to lead to 1% rises to take-home pay, including an uplift of 3.3% in England, 2.7% in Wales and £11.6m in Scotland.

But the BMA said that the increased resources secured from governments had 'yet to meet the increased needs of practices'. And GP respondent comments pointed to increased costs of  indemnity, premises, locums and other staff, as well as reduction in income streams such as local enhanced services.

A GP who saw a 6-10% drop in drawings said: 'Expenses such as staff salaries and utility bills are going up, meaning practice income is going down in real terms.'

A GP who had experiend a reduction of 1-5% said: 'LES values have dropped off again. We are doing more work for less money.'

Meanwhile, a GP who saw no change said: 'We have employed a nurse instead of a doctor to maintain profit.'

Around one in five GPs surveyed reported that they had experienced a 6-10% decrease in partner drawings in the past year, while just over 3% of all GPs said that they had seen partner drawings fall by more than a fifth. Just under a third had seen no change.

A number of GPs told Pulse that the financial pressures they were facing had made them and colleagues consider the future of their practices, and their ability to treat patients.

London GP Dr May Cahill said: ‘We will do our best to remain open to patients as long as we can sustain it, but this is getting increasingly difficult due to premises issues and patient demand.’

Southampton GP Dr Peter Goodall said: 'We are really close to collapsing. We feel that the CCG has not got much to offer and the LMC has presided over the destruction of general practice as we know it.'

BMA GP committee chair Dr Richard Vautrey, said: 'Despite the BMA securing resource increases from the government in the last two years, the reality is that this has still to meet the increasing needs of practices and their patients and leaves many GP practice budgets with acute funding pressures as this survey indicates.

'GPs and their staff are working harder than ever yet the number of GPs are falling so we need the government to address the continued financial shortfall in GP services that is also limiting the capacity of GPs to deliver more services to patients.'

Survey question in full

What change in drawings have you personally experienced since April?

Increased by:

  • More than 16% - 1%
  • 11-15% - 2%
  • 6-10% - 2%
  • 1-5% - 6%

No change - 32%

Reduced by:

  • 1-5% - 15%
  • 6-10% - 18%
  • 11-15% - 8%
  • More than 16% - 8%

Don't know - 9%

Total - 100%

The survey was launched on 10 October 2017, collating responses using the SurveyMonkey tool. The 25 questions asked covered a wide range of GP topics, to avoid selection bias on one issue. The survey was advertised to our readers via our website and email newsletter, with a prize draw for a Ninja Coffee Bar as an incentive to complete the survey. A total of 547 GP partners answered this question.

Readers' comments (19)

  • GP PARTNERS ARE THE LOWEST PAID GPs IN THE SYSTEM PRO-RATA.
    THERE IS NOW AN INVERSE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HOURS WORKED/RESPONSIBILITY AND PAY.
    WHO DO YOU KNOW WHO IS PAID PROGRESSIVELY LESS, THE MORE RESPONSIBILITY THEY TAKE??

    NO OTHER PROFESSIONAL IN SOCIETY....

    AND THIS IS WHY THE "MODEL" WILL COLLAPSE

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  • HUNT AND THE DOH MIGHT BE GLAD TO SEE THE BACK OF PARTNERS BUT EVEN A CHILD COULD CALCULATE THAT ONCE WE ALL GO SALARIED THE COSTS TO THE TAXPAYER WILL SPIRAL WITH THE BMA MODEL CONTRACT!

    BRING IT ON !

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  • THE OTHER THING IS THE ABSURD "POST-CODE LOTTERY" IN GP FUNDING WHEREBY IN SOME AREAS, PRACTICES ARE BEING "STARVED INTO SUBMISSION" WHILE IN OTHER AREAS NHS ENGLAND ARE "LARGING IT" COMPARITIVELY.

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  • NOBODY IS ALLOWED TO TALK ABOUT THIS POST-CODE LOTTERY, IT IS A "TABOO" SUBJECT.

    THE BMA WON'T DO ANYTHING THAT MIGHT RISK UPSETTING THE "RELATIVELY OVER-FUNDED" PRACTICES, MEANWHILE EVERYBODY IS IGNORING THE DROWNING OF THE UNDERFUNDED PRACTICES WHO JUST NEED TO "KEEP THE NOISE DOWN WHILE DROWNING".

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  • DR GOODALL IS RIGHT, OF COURSE, BUT MUST REMEMBER THAT "WHISTLEBLOWING IS NOT ALLOWED" AND THAT THE "ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE NHS AND THE MAFIA" IS THAT "EVENTUALLY THE MAFIA FORGET"

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  • Increased pension and increased minimum wage will affect a lot of partners with falling LES etc.

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  • WHERE IS THE "BULL****" OFFICIAL RESPONSE. CHOOSE FROM:

    "IT'S COMPLICATED"

    "IT'S NOT YOU, IT'S ME"

    IT'S THIS COMPLEX FORMULA AND WITHOUT STEPHEN HAWKING, THERE IS NOTHING WE CAN DO"

    "IT WILL AUTO-CORRECT IN TIME"

    "IT'S ACTUALLY PRACTICES FAULT THEY HAVE DEPRIVED POPULATIONS OR ARE LOCATED IN PLACES THAT ARE UNDERFUNDED"

    BLAH, BLAH, BLAH

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  • Just remember the public don't care as they think we are overpaid anyway. About time we all stopped doing what we are not paid to do and just offer what we are paid for, maybe then someone would listen but I doubt it

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  • @ Last Man Standing:
    Mafias in NHS don't forget:)
    Take them to a Tribunal but don't follow through with suing them despite having multiple cases confirmed by the Tribunal - hoping you can still work with them, they still will come to haunt you when you least expect.
    Foil their attempt to close your Surgery and they take a 'transfer' in a top position in the neighbouring County to avoid being sued. They come back on 'mutual exchange' of positions and the first thing they say is - they regret that they had to give you a Contract. Proves, these guys in NHSE don't sleep even up to 5 years and yearn of revenge - more brutal and hungry than the Merchant of Venice:)

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  • 11.05am-neither do the BMA care....most only work minimal sessions clinically as do all the senior CCG people and others at the top who get very well rewarded...so it does not affect them-and that's the key.

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