Practice managers' pay rises, despite GP income falls

Practice managers' pay has continued to rise despite falling GP profits, a survey has shown.

Dr McCarron-Nash said GPs’ goodwill to their staff should be applauded
Dr McCarron-Nash said GPs’ goodwill to their staff should be applauded

A survey of 1,100 practice managers found their average income rose 2.3% to £37,325 in 2008/9.

The survey, by the firm First Practice Management, found 3% of managers are now partners at practices.

This group earn significantly more than their peers, with average income of £48,185.

Steve Morris, an analyst for First Practice Management, said most practices were continuing to meet staff income expectations despite falling GP income.

'There is a continuing squeeze on general practice finance and the days when payments from QOF and enhanced services could be regarded as extras are gone,’ he said.

A number of practices are looking at staffing levels and salaries as a result of recommendations from accountants, said Mr Morris.

GPC negotiator Dr Beth McCarron-Nash said GPs’ goodwill to their staff should be applauded.

'It seems GPs are passing on [generously] to their staff. Salaried GPs' pay has also risen by 2% this year and it seems GPs are continuing to show goodwill in tough financial times.

Dr McCarron-Nash said the GPC would be ‘pushing hard’ for GPs’ rising expenses to be recognised in negotiations with NHS Employers.

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