Best-paid GP earns £700k from NHS

Patient groups condemn system that lets GPs set their own pay

GPs who head super-practices are feared to be paying themselves huge sums with little oversight because of the way their work is fundedAnthony Devlin/PA

Britain’s highest-earning family doctor is paid more than £700,000 a year by the NHS, The Times has learnt, prompting concerns over unaccountable GP “empires”.

The unnamed GP was one of more than 200 to receive in excess of £200,000, and is likely to run a group of surgeries responsible for tens of thousands of patients.

Yesterday patients’ organisation leaders condemned a secretive system that allows senior GPs to set their own pay without the transparency that could ensure value for NHS money. They called on doctors to justify the record earnings and said that very high pay should be limited to those who can prove they are making an exceptional difference to frontline care.

Health chiefs have been encouraging local surgeries to link up into…

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