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Monday 26 September 2016
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GP income continues to fall

GP income continues to fall

The gradual fall in contractor GP income has continued this year, figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show. 

A report released today shows that the average income before tax was £103,000 in 2011/12 for GPs in England, a 1.1% drop on 2010/11. 

And GP contractor incomes have fallen steadily since their peak of £110,000 in 2005/05. 

However, income tends to be higher for single-hander general practitioners – before taxes, their average income was £116,000. 

For GPs in practices with two to three doctors the average income was £103,8000, in practices with four to five doctors it was £33,500 and in practices with six or more doctors the average wage was £103,500. 

HSCIC chair Kingsley Manning said: “This report provides a detailed insight into the income of GPs and their practice expenses, showing that the average income before tax of a contractor GP is £103,000.

The data confirm a continued gradual decline in average GP incomes and will provide a useful contribution to discussions over the remuneration of the family doctors.”

Contractor GPs form about 80% of the workforce. The average gross earnings for contractor GPs were £267,900, a 0.5 per cent increase on 2010/11. 

Contractor GPs pay for expenses such as premises and practice staff wages out of their gross earnings – and these costs showed a greater percentage increase than earnings, rising by 1.6% to £164,900. The proportion of their gross earnings taken up by expenses rose to 61.6%.

The full report is available to view on the Health and Social Care Information Centre website