Salaried GP income drops almost 10% in parts of UK

Salaried GP income fell 3.3% on average across the UK in 2013/14 and almost 10% in parts of the UK, official data reveal.

Official data released on Thursday reveal that falls in income for salaried GPs overall across the UK were broadly in line with those for all GPs, whose income fell around 3% from 2012/13 to 2013/14.

Average income before tax for all salaried GPs in the UK in 2013/14 was £54,600 - down 3.3% from £56,400 in 2012/13, data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show.

Falling GP income

But in Wales, average salaried GP income dropped by 9.5% - down more than £5,000 from £54,100 in 2012/13 to £49,000 in 2013/14.

Salaried GPs in Scotland also saw huge falls in average income, with a 5.1% drop from £54,200 in 2012/13 to £51,400 in 2013/14.

In England, average pay for salaried GPs fell to £54,900 from £56,600 - down 3%. No data are available for Northern Ireland.

GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey told GPonline that he had seen no evidence that partners were cutting salaries paid to employed GPs.

He said: 'It may be more related to changes in the number of sessions worked by a group of doctors who are more likely to be part-time.'

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