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Doctors should beware of asking for too high a salary

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 25 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1322

Scottish GPs earn less than intended average net remuneration

  1. Christopher Tiarks, Secretary, Highland Area Local Medical Committee
  1. Grianan, Isle of Eigg, Scotland PH42 4RL
  2. Greenbank Surgery, Birmingham B28 8BG

    EDITOR—In the last paragraph of his letter about doctors' salaries, Baker asked if the profession really wishes to be seen by society in the same light as accountants and lawyers.1 I would answer that the profession naturally wishes to retain its individual identity of integrity and responsibility but would nevertheless wish to have at least the same value placed on it as is placed on the legal and accountancy professions.

    Though our remuneration improved dramatically after the doldrums of the 1960s, since 1980 in general practice it has dropped to less than half that of our comparators defined by Pilkington in the report that preceded the introduction of the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body.2

    Baker's friend, who may well augment his practice profits from earnings outside the NHS, …

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