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Leaner times for British GPs

The British Medical Association, confronted by historic declines in the incomes of family doctors in the UK, has called on the Government to step up funding for general practice. The latest statistics (GP Earnings and Expenses 2010/11, issued by the Information Centre for Health and Social Care) show that British GPs’ expenses had risen 3.5 per cent over the previous 12 months while average income had fallen 1.5 per cent. The incomes of salaried GPs have also fallen, though only by about 0.9 per cent.

05 Nov 2012

The British Medical Association, confronted by historic declines in the incomes of family doctors in the UK, has called on the Government to step up funding for general practice.

The latest statistics (GP Earnings and Expenses 2010/11, issued by the Information Centre for Health and Social Care) show that British GPs’ expenses had risen 3.5 per cent over the previous 12 months while average income had fallen 1.5 per cent. The incomes of salaried GPs have also fallen, though only by about 0.9 per cent.

Dr Richard Vaufrey, chair of the BMA GPs Committee, said that GPs would not be surprised by the statistics.

 “GPs are working harder than ever before and trying their best to maintain high quality services,” he said. “But they are operating in an increasingly tough financial climate, in which funding is being squeezed at the same time as costs are rising.

“The Government needs to recognise the economic straitjacket that many practices are finding themselves in.”

DN


Published: 05 Nov 2012