Giving patients all the facts on GP incomes

GP practices in Wessex are placing factsheets about the profession in waiting rooms to counter negative media reports about pay.

Wessex LMCs have sent a 14-point list to all GPs in the region, which says practices receive less than 20p per patient per day for tackling 90 per cent of the healthcare needs of the UK public.

The list has since been sent to other LMCs and could be distributed across the country.

It says the average cost of a face-to-face consultation is £20, compared to £24 in a walk-in centre and £27 for a consultation with NHS Direct.

The document points out that almost half of GP pay is now performance related, and that recent DoH White Papers have lauded UK general practice as ‘efficient and of high quality’.

An LMC letter accompanying the list said GPs had faced ‘unprecedented levels of comments and criticism from politicians and the tabloid press’ recently, portraying them as ‘greedy’.

GPs have been angry that incorrect pay statistics have repeatedly been aired in national newspapers and that the DoH has not corrected them.

A final bullet point in the LMC document says: ‘The government has transferred all its responsibility for funding part of GPs’ pensions to the GPs and then claimed this was part of a pay rise.’

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