The GMS contract for 2015/16 made publishing the ‘mean earnings for all GPs in their practice' a contractual requirement. This requirement still applies in 2017/18, and practices are required to publish the mean earnings for all GPs in their practice for 2016/17 by 31 March 2018.
All earning reported should be pre-tax, National Insurance and employee pension contribution. For GP partners, the figures should be net of any practice expenses incurred.
The GMS guidance for 2016/17 has details of what income and expenditure to include and exclude when calculating the earnings for partners. The rules around this are fairly detailed and partners will need their accountants to undertake the necessary calculations.
What information should practices publish?
Practices are only required to publish the mean annual earning figure for all of the GPs in the practices. This does not have to be pro-rata, so it is simply a calculation based on all of the GPs’ earnings for 2016/17 divided by the number of GPs. This includes partners, salaried GPs and any locums who worked in the practice for six months or more during 2016/17.
The contract guidance says that the following text could be used on the practice website:
‘All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings (average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice. The average pay for GPs working in [insert practice name] in the last financial year was £xx,xxx before tax and National Insurance. This is for x full-time GPs, x part-time GPs and x locum GPs who worked in the practice for x months.’
If patients do not have access to the internet and ask to see this information, practices must provide the details on paper or show the patient the information on the website.