Should GPs be transparent about earnings?26th August 2009
NHS Alliance chairman Dr Michael Dixon asks if GPs should be more open on pay.
With claims that some GPs can earn over £300,000, instead of disputing these figures should we be more transparent about what we earn?
We are hardly in the same league as bankers but if GPs are seen as earning more than we deserve, it could damage our relationship with patients and affect the rapport we develop with them.
I earn just under £100,000 before tax from the NHS and believe that transparency may prove to be the only answer and to offer it before it is demanded.
GPs do not need to be defensive as the service they offer is good value for money.
But it may be reasonable for the public to ask to see the actual figures because they are the taxpayer and the paymaster.
Some GPs are earning more because they work harder, others have improved services and some have used extra money to increase take home pay.
There could be a view that the only way to put the record straight will be for practices to make their accounts publicly available.
However, it would only be fair to discuss the number of patients, and services provided, or even local specific health issues, when considering the question of how much a GP earns.
What I would hope is that the work of a GP and the role that they play in their local community will be considered more than just a number crunching exercise.
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Title: Should GPs be transparent about earnings?
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 12491
Date Added: 26th Aug 2009