HC Deb 01 May 1963 vol 676 cc107-8W
Mr. W. Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what has been the annual percentage increase in the salaries of general practitioners in the National Health Service in Scotland in each of the last ten years.

Mr. Noble

General practitioners in the National Health Service are remunerated, not by salary, but by capitation payments, and payments for certain particular services. Separate figures are not available for Scotland since payment is made from a remuneration pool deter mined on a Great Britain basis, the amount of which is fixed so as to produce a pre-determined average net income. The increases applied through the pool to the average net income of doctors during each of the last ten years were as follows:

Financial year Percentage Increase
1954–55 Nil
1955–56 Nil
1956–57 Nil
1957–58 5
1958–59 4
1959–60 12.5
1960–61 Nil
1961–62 Nil
1962–63 Nil
1963–64 14

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