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GPs’ income has fallen 16% in real terms since 2004-05

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 27 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5857
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

The income of GPs in the United Kingdom has fallen 16% in real terms since the new General Medical Services (GMS) contract was introduced in 2004-05, official figures show.

Analysis by the NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre shows that in 2011-12 the average income of contractor GPs before tax was £103 000 (€122 000; $165 000), a drop of 1.1 % on 2010-11.1 In real terms, GPs’ income fell 2.1% a year on average from 2004-05 to 2011-12.

GPs’ average income before tax in 2004-05 was £100 170. In real terms, this would be equivalent to a …

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