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15 September 2016
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Income for GP partners increased by 1.7% in 2014/15, from £99,800 to £101,500, according to data from NHS Digital.
The data showed that GP partners working under a General Medical Services (GMS) contract has an average taxable income of £98,000 compared to £96,000 in 2013/14, which is an increase of 2.1%.
GP partners working under Primary Medical Services (PMS) contracts had an average taxable income of £108,000 compared to £106,800 in 2013/14 – an increase of 1.2%.
However, the report also showed that the average taxable income for salaried GPs under both GMS and PMS contracts in the UK in 2014/15 was £53,600, which is a 1.7% decrease on the figure from 2013/14.
By country, Northern Irish GPs saw the greatest increase in income before tax at 2.1%, while Welsh GPs saw the lowest increase at 0.3%.
English GPs saw an increase in 1.9%, while Scottish GP partners saw a 1.1% increase.
Dr Robert Morley, General Practice Committee (GPC) contracts and regulation subcommittee chair, told Pulse: “The figures may be accurate but any increase in partner earnings simply reflects the fact that there is a decrease in the number of partners out there and workloads are going up.
“If the number of GP partners had remained static we would have seen a massive decrease in profits.
“The issues determining partner profit are hugely complex, there are so many variables but again, any increase will not even get close to offsetting the massive increase in workload and stress that partners are facing.”
The NHS Digital data also takes into account private work as well as NHS work and calculates income before CQC fees, GMC fees and superannuation costs.