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Complainant Name:
Dr Laurence Buckman and Dr Nicholas Down

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail

Complaint:

Dr Laurence Buckman, Chairman of the British Medical Association's GPs Committee, and Dr Nicholas Down, of Oxshott Medical Practice, complained that an article about GPs' incomes was inaccurate and misleading.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published an agreed letter from the complainants, the text of which was as follows:

Your article (4 August) stated that GPs were "earning up to 380,000 a year" and added that they are earning 200 an hour for work "they used to do for free".

While there is a single GP in North East Essex with a pensionable income amounting to this figure, this is an extreme case and the vast majority of GPs do not earn anywhere near this figure.

In addition, GPs used to be paid night visit fees under the terms of the Old Contract so these services were never provided for free. That system left many GPs exhausted because they would be seeing patients literally day and night. Under the new contract many GPs do shifts for so-called ‘out-of-hours' organisations which means they can plan their working hours so that patients aren't being treated by dangerously over-tired doctors.

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