Practices with salaried GPs score 24 more quality points

Practices with salaried GPs have higher quality framework scores, according to a recent study by the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre.

Using data from the 2005 GP census, the study found prac- tices with at least one salaried GP scored an average of 1,017 quality framework points compared with 993 for practices with principals only.

The study's authors suggest this is because salaried GPs are now concentrated in more affluent areas, which generally score higher than deprived areas.

Although the number of salaried GPs in deprived areas has increased, it has been at a lower rate than in affluent areas.

The article included details of 33,380 GPs, 12 per cent of whom were salaried.

The results showed that salaried GPs worked fewer hours and were twice as likely to be female than male.

High-scoring GPs
1,017 average points for practices with salaried GPs
Source: BJGP.

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