GP pay figure drops 20%

The UK's non-dispensing GMS GPs earned around £86,000 in NHS income on average in 2004/5, 20 per cent less than a figure widely used by the DoH to represent average GP pay, the latest official figures show.

Data from the Information Centre for Health show that the average non-dispensing GMS GP earned £92,184 in 2004/5, and the average non-dispensing GP across PMS and GMS £96,593.
But the figures include non-NHS earnings, worth around 7 per cent of the total.

In November the Information Centre said average income was £106,404, but revised the figure to £100,170 after GP showed that it had included employers' superannuation. In fact, average NHS income for UK GPs, including dispensers, fell below the £100,000 mark in 2004/5. The revised £100,170 figure falls to £93,158 excluding non-NHS pay.

Acting GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman said: 'The DoH presented data in a particular way to make GPs into hate figures.'

The gap between PMS and GMS income narrowed in the first year of the quality framework. PMS income was 19.5 per cent higher in 2003/4, and 14.4 per cent higher in 2004/5.

Average income in England including dispensing and non-NHS income was £103,564, compared to £91,588 in Wales, £91,151 in Northern Ireland, and just £82,696 in Scotland.

nick.bostock@haymarket.com

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