The earnings for GP partners dropped again for the eighth time in 2013/14, with many salaried GPs earning only 9 per cent more than physician associates, official figures have shown.
The latest annual GP Earnings and Expenses 2013/14 report, by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, has revealed that the combined partner and salaried GPs’ earnings before tax was £90,200 last year, a real terms drop of 2.9 per cent on the previous year’s levels. The report also showed that the average income for a salaried GP was £54,600, only £4,600 more than the average wage for a physician associates with two years’ training (£50,000).
It is also a 3.3 per cent decrease on the 2012/13 average income figures for salaried GPs in the UK (£56,400).
GP partners’ pay also fell by 1.4% to £96,000 before employers’ superannuation costs were taken into account, having decreased every year since a peak of £110,000 in 2005/06.
This is the first since the imposition of the 2013/14 GP Contract that figures have been released. The contract phased out Multiple Practice Income Guarantee payments, increased Quality of Outcomes Framework (QOF) thresholds and discontinued the QOF organisational domain, worth £164m for practices.