'Cut GP pay by 5%', urges think tank

GP pay should be cut by 5% to contribute to finding NHS savings of £12bn in a year, according to centre-right think tank 2020health.

Its paper ‘Cutting the costs, without cancelling the services: How to save £12bn in a year' says the UK's 44,443 GPs earn an average £110,000, meaning £244m could be saved.

The document, which also suggests consultants and dentists should have a 5% pay cut, adds: ‘In the light of the huge increase in funding, the NHS should share the burden of the current economic crisis and we propose a one-year salary cut of 5% pending a more comprehensive review of doctors' contracts.'

Other cost-saving policies proposed include axing NHS Direct, saving £139m a year, because a third of its calls result in patients being referred to their GP.

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