By Lilian Anekwe
Male salaried GPs are being paid almost half as much again as their female counterparts, even after age- and sex-related variables are taken into account.
The GP earnings and expenses data for 2007’8, published by the NHS Information Centre last week, showed that on average salaried women GPs earned a pre-tax income of £48,600, but men £70,621 – 45% more.
A spokesperson for the NHS Information Centre confirmed that the data on which pay figures for salaried GPs were based were ‘stratified according to likely differences in earnings’.
The figures are weighted to reflect factors, such as age and gender, which reflect the fact that women are more likely than men to work part-time.
The figures chime with BMA research last year, which found that female GPs earned 13% less then men – a £13,000 pay gap.
In response, the BMA vowed to put PCTs under pressure to ‘push for this matter to be resolved by managers and local health bodies so that all women get a fair deal’.
Male salaried GPs paid more