GP income fell 1.8% in 2010/11, official data show

Average income before tax fell 1.8% for salaried GPs and partners in 2010/11, official data reveal.

Dr Richard Vautrey: other doctors pay is frozen, but GP pay is falling
Dr Richard Vautrey: other doctors pay is frozen, but GP pay is falling

Income before tax for partners at GMS practices across the UK fell 1.3% from £100,400 in 2009/10 to £99,000 in 2010/11. For PMS partners, income fell 1.6% from £115,300 to £113,400, and for salaried GPs income fell from £58,000 to £57,600.

The GP Earnings and Expenses 2010/11 report published today by the NHS Information Centre reveals that the trend of rising expenses has continued, with a 3.5% rise in 2010/11. The proportion of gross income taken up by expenses has risen to 61% across the UK.

GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey said the government needed to increase funding for GPs to allow their pay to increase in line with other doctors if young doctors are to choose general practice as a career.

He said: ‘The government is suggesting in their statements that other doctors will get a 1% pay rise. Other doctors have seen a pay freeze in the last two years but GPs have seen a pay fall. The government needs to start treating GPs fairly if we are going to see young doctors choose general practice.’

This comes after another report published by the NHS Information Centre today revealed that in England, spending on local and national enhanced services has fallen.

The GP earnings report also shows that the number of GPs earning more than £200,000 fell by 2.2% from 900 to 720 last year.

GP partners in England earned more than those in the rest of the UK, with average income before tax of £107,700 compared to £89,300 in Scotland, £92,300 in Wales and £88,000 in Northern Ireland. For salaried GPs, the UK average income before tax in 2010/11 was £57,600, compared to £58,000 in 2009/10.

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