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GP partner earnings 'increased by almost 2%', Government statistics claim

GP partner earnings increased by nearly 2% in 2014/15 to £101,500, official Government statistics have indicated.

However, today’s data publication from NHS Digital says the income of salaried GPs went down during the year, by almost 2% to £53,600.

GP leaders warn that the overall increase in partner earnings reflect the decrease in GP numbers, meaning that the partners left are having to do more work for the same pay.

The data shows:

  • GP partners had an average income of £101,500 in 2014/15.  This is an increase of 1.7% on their income of £99,800 in 2013-14;
  • The average income for all GPs (including partners and salaried) was £90,600, only a slight change on the previous year’s figure of £90,200;
  • GPs working in a GMS practice had an average income of £98,000 compared with £96,000 in 2013/14 - a 2.1% increase;
  • GPs working in a PMS practice had an average income of £108,000 compared with £106,800 in 2013/14 - a 1.2% increase;
  • The average income for salaried GPs in the UK in 2014/15 was £53,600 - a decrease of 1.7% on the 2013/14 figure of £54,600 in 2013/14.  

The report says that GMS and PMS GP partner gross earnings were, on average, £283,300 in 2014/15, up 3.6% from the year before, while the average total expenses were £181,800 - an increase of 4.6%.

The proportion of gross earnings taken up by expenses increased by 0.7 percentage points to 64.2%.

Broken down by country:

  • English GP partners saw a 1.9% increase in income before tax;
  • Scottish GP partners saw a 1.1% increase;
  • Welsh GP partners saw a decrease of 0.3%;
  • Northern Irish GP partners saw a 2.1% increase.

Dr Robert Morley, GPC contracts and regulation subcommittee chair, said: ’The figures may be accurate but any increase in partner earnings simply reflects the fact that there is a decrease in the number of partners out there and workloads are going up.

’If the number of GP partners had remained static we would have seen a massive decrease in profits.

‘The issues determining partner profit are hugely complex, there are so many variables but again, any increase will not even get close to offsetting the massive increase in workload and stress that partners are facing.’

The data takes into account all medical income, including both NHS and private work, and is before employers’ superannuation costs - as well as CQC fees, GMC fees and the like - are taken into account.

A GPC spokesperson said: 'The figures for contractor GPs show a very marginal average increase that is unlikely to be felt by many GPs. It comes after a decade of falling GP contractor income which has been squeezed by rising practice expenses and inflation at the same time as GP workload has spiralled to unmanageable land unsafe levels.

’The figures relating to salaried GPs need to be interpreted with caution as this report does not make adjustments for any change in the average number of hours worked by the GPs in the cohort included compared with previous years. GPC is not aware of any salaried GPs who have made no changes to their working arrangements but experienced a reduction in their pay.’


Readers' comments (33)

  • @4:46- this applies to most of us as majority are not ethnic 'English'. This spokesman might actually be telling the truth. Let's have a survey of earnings and see who gets what.

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  • Am I right in thinking that partner GP earnings are calculated as full time equivalent but salaried GP earnings are based on average of actual earnings, of which many are part time?

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  • Honestly - what is the point of these figures, let alone publishing them when they are full of holes??

    The only way of truly understanding the car crash that general practice has become is to look at the HOURLY take home pay.

    I have a variety of roles - education, appraisal, CCG, LMC - all paid at different rates. I am also an ex Partner, now salaried at a practice.

    If I was to rank my hourly take home pay for each role, GP Partnership would come out at the bottom, followed closely behind by a salaried role.

    Why feed the media with this statistical nonsense?

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  • When discussing GP partner income surely this would be after employer pension contribution but before employee pension contributions, NI and income tax. Also these figures would be for full time. How else could you compare salaries e.g. with hospital consultant if on 100K salary would then pay income tax/NI and employee pension contribution and professional expenses MDU/GMC etc from this

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  • Compared with increase in workload once again this is a pay cut. No other sector would offer unlimited consultations for a set fee. General practice is the pillar holding the rest of the NHS up. Of course if this is a good deal there will be a stampede of doctors signing up to be GPs/partners. Don't hold your breath.

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  • These figures do not reflect what is happening in my practice where profits are plummeting. We are having to pay huge amounts for locums to keep the practice functioning.

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  • Neil Moody-Jones
    Isn't this a case of wanting your cake and eating it?
    You want the benefits of being a business owner but the advantages of being salaried and working 37.5 hours per week!

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  • What benefits of being a business owner might that be ?

    A true business would be able to exploit scarcity by raising prices. A true business would find that increased business activity led to increased revenue.

    We have all the disadvantages of being a small business owner with none of the usual rewards. We are abused by a monopoly payer, the Government.

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  • Took Early Retirement

    "GPs working in a GMC practice had an average income of £98,000 compared with £96,000 in 2013/14 - a 2.1% increase;"

    So the effing GMC are running practices now?

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  • GP Partner @6.25 am. There is nothing stopping you from saving the locum money by doing the work yourself.

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