A Panorama investigation has prompted a fresh round of doctor bashing in the media with their programme suggesting doctors are the highest earners in the NHS.
The joint investigation, with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, claims that 6,500 staff in the NHS earn more than David Cameron.
Six out of 10 of the investigation’s list of highest paid people in the NHS are GPs and 1,465 earn more than the Prime Minister. David Cameron earns £142,500 per annum.
They claim 13 GPs also earn more than the head of the NHS, Sir David Nicholson, whose £278,800 salary is almost £200,000 short of the highest earning doctor.
Freedom of Information requests were submitted to over 2,400 organisations across the public sector.
The NHS has a budget of around £105bn. The total wage bill for those earning over £100,000 is over £3 billion a year, the investigation concluded.
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism produced the following table of the top ten highest earning people in the NHS:
1. No name supplied £475,500 GP, Hillingdon PCT*
2. No name supplied £475,000 GP Heart of Birmingham Teaching PCT*
3. No name supplied £406,060 GP, Westminster PCT
4. No name supplied £375,000 GP, Heart of Birmingham Teaching PCT*
5. No name supplied £370,000 Consultant, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust*
6. No name supplied £329,735 GP, Hounslow
7. No name supplied £325,000 GP, Heart of Birmingham Teaching PCT*
8. No name supplied £325,000 GP, Heart of Birmingham Teaching PCT*
9. No name supplied £318,662 Consultant, University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust
10. No name supplied £315,500 Unknown, NHS Highland
*Figure taken from a mid-point in the pay bracket given
It follows data from the NHS Information Centre which shows that GPs’ average income has fallen for a third consecutive year.