Average (mean) earnings per GP in 2015/16= £41,498 per annum
Number of GPs in practice in 2015/16 = 4
This includes: 3 part time partners
1 part time salaried GP
These numbers probably don’t mean that much to most people but these are the figures we have to publish.
Another possibly more meaningful figure is how much the surgery gets paid to provide a year of care to a patient.
For Shakespeare Surgery we receive £122.63 per patient per year from the NHS. This works out at just over 47 pence per day per patient for services during a typical 5 day working week, or £2.35 per week
If you were spending your money on other things in life what else might you buy?
· £122 is the cost of GP medical care for you for one whole year
· £120 is the price of the cheapest Sim only phone contract
· £190 is the cheapest season ticket to Wigan Warriors
· £221 is the cost of getting the Daily Mail† Monday to Saturday
· £156 is the cost of a pint of beer once a week
· £264 is the cost of a basic Sky TV package
· £348 is the average cost to insure your dog
· £513.80 is the equivalent cost of private GP cover from BUPA at £70 per consultation
£122.63 is for all the care we give to one of our patients for one year. It includes paying for all our doctors, our nurse, our health care assistant, our manager, our receptionists, the administration costs of running our surgery building, buying and maintaining our equipment, training our staff including medical students and registrars as well as paying for some of the drugs that we use in surgery such as some vaccinations. For this patients can attend the Surgery any day Monday to Friday as often as is clinically needed.
Each year as a surgery we offer over 17,000 GP appointments, over 4,300 nurse appointments and over 750 health care assistant appointments.
On average each patient will need over 7 appointments per year. Many more poorly or vulnerable people see us considerably more than seven times per year. However even at the average number this means the NHS pays the surgery £16.68 for each appointment.
Our feedback from patients remains very high and in the latest national Patient Survey, as reported in the Wigan Observer, we were the 4th best practice (http://www.wigantoday.net/news/revealed-wigan-s-best-and-worst-gp-surgeries-as-rated-by-you-1-7803254) in Wigan with 90.7% of patients rating us as good or better. Last year we were also rated as “good” by the CQC for the services we offer.
We hope this shows in a slightly more meaningful manner what the average income figures for GPs mean and what you receive for this money.
We are grateful for your ongoing support and trust in what are difficult times in the NHS over the last year. We look forwards to the coming year where we will continue to work with all our patients and help them get the best possible care.