Almost a thousand GPs earn more than £200,000
Some 700 GPs were paid between £200,000 and £250,000 in 2008/09, an increase of 50 from the previous year, according to data from the NHS Information Centre.
A further 250 earned more than £250,000, slightly down from 260 in 2007/08, according to the figures, which cover full and part-time doctors in the public and private sectors across the UK.
The average wage for a GP working under a contract last year fell for the third year in a row to £105,300, down from £106,100.
A breakdown of the figures showed 14,020 GPs – 42 per cent of the total – earned £50,000 to £100,000, while 12,820 (38 per cent) earned £100,000 to £150,000 and 3,280 (10 per cent) earned £150,000 to £200,000.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Health said: “While there has been an overall decrease in GPs’ earnings, we must ensure better value for money from the overall investment in the GP contract, and make sure resources are used to the greatest benefits of patients and the taxpayer.
“The coalition Government recently announced a two-year pay freeze for all NHS staff earning more than £21k a year.”
She said the Government was currently considering how this could be applied to groups such as GPs and dentists.
The figures also showed the rise in GP salaries over the last decade.
In 2008/09, average income before tax for GPs on a general medical services contract was £99,200 compared with £51,500 in 1998/99.
According to the Information Centre, this latter figure is equivalent to £65,900 in real terms at 2008/09 levels.
However, it said GP contracts and the nature of work has changed over that period.
Fiona McEvoy, from the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Though GPs do an important job, their salaries have increased at an astonishing rate over the last decade, despite the fact they’re working fewer hours.
“These salaries show the folly of ring-fencing the NHS budget.”
The scale of NHS pay scales was highlighted in a Health Direct post:
More than 300 NHS executives have a larger salary than the prime minister on August 25, 2010 when an investigation found that 320 hospital, ambulance and health authority chiefs are paid more than David Cameron’s annual salary of £142,500.
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