GP incomes 'to be published by government'

GPs are likely to be one of the next professions to have their incomes disclosed as the government pushes forward with its transparency drive.

A spokesman for the Cabinet Office said this is the direction of travel for the new government, which hopes the transparency agenda will ‘win back people's trust'.

In its coalition document ‘Programme for government' the government said we need to ‘throw open the doors of public bodies', and said it would require ‘full, online disclosure of all central government spending and contracts over £25,000'.

It said: ‘We also recognise that this will help to deliver better value for money in public spending, and help us achieve our aim of cutting the record deficit.'

The news follows the release on Tuesday of the list of the 171 public workers earning more than £150,000, which placed DoH chief executive David Nicholson, who earns between £255,000 and £259,999, in second place.

A spokesman for the Cabinet Office said: ‘The publication the list [of public sector workers earning over £150,000] just covered civil servants.

‘There is a transparency commitment to cover all public bodies. This is the direction of travel, but it will require consultation with staff.'

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