The number of GPs earning at least £200,000 double in 12 months, with some earning more than £500,000
A record number of GPs are earning six-figure salaries – and those taking home at least £200,000 have more than doubled in a year, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
Nearly 8,000 in England were paid more than £100,000, according to the latest NHS figures up to April 2021. The number earning more than £200,000 rose to 631 – up from 265 in the previous year.
Seven earned more than £500,000 a year, with one earning more than £700,000.
The figures, from the NHS Business Services Authority in response to requests for freedom of information, come as many patients find it difficult to get same-day appointments, and almost half of consultations are now taking place by telephone.
Nearly 8,000 GPs in England have paid more than £100,000, according to the latest NHS figures up to April 2021
The numbers come because many patients find it difficult to get same-day appointments
John O’Connell, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said it seemed “difficult to justify when patients struggle to get an appointment.”
Experts believe that the increase in high earners is partly caused by the growth of chains of operations at the expense of GPs in small families. The figures also show the gap between salaried GPs, who are co-owners of a practice, and salaried GPs.
Shadow health secretary Wes Streeting said he was ‘intending’ to phase out GP partners, calling it ‘a shady business’. But the British Medical Association said the numbers “reflect the merits of doctors who have played a leading role in the pandemic response.”