Pay freezes force half of partners to take pay cuts

Three years of practice income freezes have forced more than half of GP partners to take a pay cut, a GP survey has found.

The survey, of more than 1,400 GPs, found that 76% of the profession said that profits had fallen at their practice within the past year.

Also 56% of partners said they had been consequently forced to cut the share of profits they take as pay.

Meanwhile nearly a quarter (24%) said their practice had been forced to cut staff. Of these, two-thirds said the cuts had fallen upon administrative posts.

Dr Richard Vautrey, deputy GPC chair, said that this was ‘inevitable’ while the DoH refused to give the profession a significant funding increase. ‘Practices will try wherever possible to retain front line clinical staff,’ he said.

‘But that will prove difficult if this continues.’

Around a third (34%) of GPs said their practice had already cut posts for salaried GPs and 19% said their practice had cut partners.

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