Industrial Action Latest: GPC dismisses Daily Mail backlash over industrial action

A media backlash over pensions industrial action should not stop doctors taking part in industrial action, the GPC has said.

Dr McCarron-Nash: ‘What doctors must do it take this all as a storm in a teacup. This must not stop us.'
Dr McCarron-Nash: ‘What doctors must do it take this all as a storm in a teacup. This must not stop us.'

GPC negotiator Dr Beth McCarron-Nash dismissed Daily Mail coverage of doctors' pensions as a ‘storm in a teacup’ which should not stop doctors from expressing anger over pension reforms.

On Sunday the Mail Online published figures claiming that some GPs earned more than £250,000. It highlighted the figures ahead of a BMA day of action on Thursday, when GPs will cancel booked appointments and only see patients who present as emergencies on the day.

The Mail Online said: ‘Latest figures show that 210 family doctors have an income before tax of at least a quarter of a million pounds and 4,170 have annual earnings higher than £150,000. In contrast, David Cameron earns £142,500 a year.’

In a separate story, the Mail Online revealed 'that at least 24 doctors are enjoying six-figure incomes in retirement – with one GP receiving £144,000.'

Dr McCarron-Nash said: ‘The articles completely miss the point  - this isn’t about personal pensions or personal earnings… it's about the fact that doctors are upset that they are being asked to pay up to twice as much as other public sector workers for the same pension.’

She said the figures quoted were not representative of the average GP’s pension. ‘Most doctors would dream of the pension quoted in the Daily Mail,' she said.

She added: ‘What doctors must do it take this all as a storm in a teacup. This must not stop us.'

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