Some Perspective and actual Transparency
Publicly available figures show that Fieldhouse Medical Group receives approximately£143 of funding to care for one of our patients for an entire year. For this, any patient can see us as many times as they need, including face to face, telephone or home visit encounters. Our patients see us, on average, about six times a year, with some vulnerable patients each seeing us 15 or more times a year.
From this £143 figure, as with other GP practices, we pay our heating, lighting, cleaning and maintenance bills, our staff wages, buy all our equipment and anything else that is required for providing care and running a practice. What is then left over is shared between the partners who own the business.
£143 per year equates to just 56½p funding
per patient per working day, or £2.75 per week
Also bear in mind that with this level of funding (which realistically would only provide for two consultations in a year if paid at normal market rates), GPs do not aim to simply provide basic low rate care. The vast majority of GPs provide not only high quality care and but also, more importantly, safe care, whilst also working towards difficult and often irrational government targets; all of this is often at immense personal cost to themselves and their families. Regardless of what you might read in the papers and what you might hear from the mouths of politicians, GPs are dedicated professionals who have an innate sense of striving to do their best to help people.
Compare these costs to some of your everyday services and you will see how little general practice receives to provide a comprehensive service
NHS England requires that the net earnings of doctors engaged in the practice is publicised and the required disclosure is shown below. However, it should be noted that the prescribed method for calculating earnings is potentially misleading because it takes no account of how much time doctors spend working in the practice, and should not be used to form any judgment about GP earnings, nor to make any comparison with any other practice.
All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings (e.g. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.
The average earnings for GPs working in Fieldhouse Medical Group in the last financial year (2015-16) was £ 98760 before tax and National Insurance.
This is for 4 full time GPs, 2 part time GPs and 1 locum GP who worked in the practice for more than 6 months.