ILLNESSES and injuries are a common occurrence and as a result, one may need to seek medical assistance urgently from their local GP.
But how much does a GP earn? Here’s everything you need to know.
How much does a GP earn in the UK?
There are two contractual options for GPs – Independent contractors who are in charge of running their own practices or in partnerships and salaried GPs.
Independent contractors who are in charge of running their own practices or in partnerships have autonomy in how services are delivered according to their contract with the Clinical Commissioning Group.
For GP partners, who effectively manage their own businesses, pay is very difficult to pinpoint – they receive a share of profits in the business, so earnings are will be dependent on business performance.
GP partners therefore can earn very high salaries when their practices perform especially well.
Salaried GPs on the other hand are employees of independent contractor practices or directly employed by primary care organisations.
According to the NHS, from April 1, 2022, the pay range for salaried GPs is £65,070 to £98,194.
However, partner GPs you won’t receive these benefits and will be responsible for paying their own taxes.
How to book a GP appointment
Patients can now expect to secure a routine GP appointment within two weeks under radical plans unveiled by the new Health Secretary, Thérèse Coffey.
Thérèse Coffey will also pledge that urgent cases – such as sick kids and chest infections, will be seen on the same day.
In the UK, access to a GP is free but you’ll usually need to make an appointment.
If you’re registered with a GP surgery, you can access some health services online or using the NHS app to book, check or cancel appointments with a GP, nurse, or other healthcare professional.
You can also contact your local GPs surgery by phone or in person by going into the surgery and talking to the receptionist.
In cases of urgency, it is always recommended to call your GP surgery to book an appointment.
What does GP stand for?
GP is an abbreviation for general practitioner.
General practitioners provide continuing medical care for patients in the community and are usually a patient’s first point of contact, seeing them in the surgery, at their home or within other settings such as care homes.