HC Deb 24 March 1976 vol 908 cc190-1W
Mr. George Rodgers

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she will publish in the Official Report the average annual salaries paid to private medical practitioners employed by the National Health Service for the last 10 years for which figures are available, the figures to exclude extraneous income derived from the sale of medical certificates, etc.

Dr. Owen

Consultants and medical assistants who work part-time under the NHS in hospitals and general practitioners may have a private practice in addition to their NHS remuneration. It is not possible to identify separately those who are predominantly engaged in private practice.

The full-time salary scales of consultants and medical assistants and the intended average net remuneration of general practitioners on 1st April of each of the last 10 years were as follows:

Year Consultants £ per annum Medical Assistants £ per annum General Practitioners £ per annum
1966 3,200–4,885 1,850–3,250 3,700(a)
1967 3,200–4,885 1,850–3,250
1968 3,200–4,885 1,850–3,250
1969 3,470–5,275 2,100–3,810 4,000
1970 4,512–6,330 2,520–4,572 4,800
1971 4,512–6,840 2,721–4,938 5,185
1972 4,836–7,350 2,925–5,313 5,575
1973 5,085–7,599 3,156–5,562 5,750
1974 5,433–7,947 3,504–5,910 6,377
1975 7,536–10,689 4.548–7,812 8,485(b)
  1. (a) The increase in 1966–67 over 1965 was paid in two stages. Figures for 1966–70 are estimated from the Review Body's general intentions.
  2. (b) Excluding remuneration expected in the year 1975–76 from the contraceptive service introduced on 1st July 1975.

Part-time doctors in the hospital service receive an appropriate proportion up to a maximum of nine-elevenths of the full-time salary. General practitioners substantially engaged in private practice are likely to earn less than average through fees paid by the NHS.

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