GP pay ‘remains static’
Average contractor GP earnings remained relatively static for a second year running in 2009/10, an NHS Information Centre report shows.
The report finds that GPs earned an average income before tax of £105,700 in 2009/10, up very slightly from £105,300 in 2008/09 - but still down when compared with the average of £106,100 in 2007/08 and a peak of £110,000 in 2005/06.
"Our report shows that, on average, a GP working in the UK earned roughly the same pay before tax in 2009/10 as they did in the previous year," said NHS Information Centre Chief Executive Tim Straughan.
"If we consider GP earnings over time, the average pay for a contractor GP at present is a decrease on the peak of £110,000 in 2005/06."
The figures show that average gross expenses went up by 2.4% between 2008/09 and 2009/10 while gross earnings rose by just 1.6% during this time. Indeed, the expenses-to-earnings ratio, reflecting the proportion of gross earnings taken up by expenses, went up by 0.5% to 58.9%.
These findings come after Pulse magazine reported that the 0.5% funding increase agreed in the new GP contract, to help cover rising staff and inflation costs, is unlikely to be sufficient - and may lead some practices to struggle to balance the books (click here).
Dr Richard Vautrey, the BMA GPs Committee deputy chair, told Pulse: "Everyone in the NHS knows what pressure we are under. Despite this we have secured new money in the contract, although we know that all practices will still have to face difficult choices."
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By Caroline Price