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Britain's GPs are among the best-paid in the Western world, study finds 

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The study shows GPs in the UK earn an average of three times as much as other workers 

三级成人视频Britain's GPs are among the best paid in the western world, a major report has found.

三级成人视频The international study shows that family doctors now earn more than three times as much as the average employee.

GP partners typically earn more than £115,000 a year for full-time work, with most family doctors opting for part-time hours.  

三级成人视频Despite this, the country is facing a growing shortage, with mounting concern about how NHS hospitals - already under unprecedented strain - will cope as GPs close their doors for Christmas.

Patients’ groups said the figures were “extraordinary”.

Pay has risen substantially since the introduction of a GP contract under the last Labour government, which allowed doctors to give up responsibility for out-of-hours services. Before 2004 when the new contract came in GP partners earned around £85,000 a year.

三级成人视频But in recent years, there have been growing shortages of family doctors, prompting the Government to promise an extra 6,000 GPs. It comes amid warnings of waits of up to nine weeks for some patients, with just one permanent GP for 11,000 residents at one practice.

The Prime Minister has pledged to make the NHS a top promising 50,000 more nurses, with the introduction of free annual bursaries of up to £8,000 for those in training.

Nurse pay starts at just £24,000, with average wages the same as UK earnings, whereas in most OECD countries those working as nurses earn significantly more.

The report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows the gulf between earnings of family doctors, and those of the average worker is the second highest across all 27 industrialised nations examined.  

GPs in the UK are paid 3.1 times as much as average earnings.  

三级成人视频Only Germany has a higher ratio, with other countries such as Australia, Spain and the Netherlands typically paying family doctors around twice the average wage.

Earlier this month, the new head of Britain’s GPs said family doctors should no longer be expected to do the job full-time.  It came as research found just one in 20 trainees intends to do so.

三级成人视频And last month GPs voted to axe home visits, in order to lessen their workloads.

The international research also shows growing dissatisfaction among patients in the UK with the amount of time they get for their appointment.

Britain is lagging in the bottom half of the league table, with 84.9 per cent satisfied with the amount of time allowed for their consultation, down from 88.8 per cent in 2010.

And the study shows that the UK has the second lowest number of doctors in Europe, compared with its population.

三级成人视频Britain has 2.8 doctors per 1,000 people, compared with an OECD average of 3.5 doctors.

三级成人视频In Europe, only Poland has fewer medics, with 2.4 per 1,000 people.

And the UK also has far fewer experienced doctors than other countries, the study shows.

Just 15 per cent of doctors in Britain are over the age of 55, compared with an average of 34 per cent across OECD nations.

Rising numbers of doctors are taking early retirement, prompted by a growing pensions crisis.

Almost 1,000 GPs and hospital consultants opted to retire early last year - compared with 384 a decade ago.

The trend follows changes in pension and tax rules, which mean the cap on how much savers can amass without being taxed has fallen from £1.8m in 2012 to £1 million.

三级成人视频Medics can be hit with tax rates of more than 90 per cent on their earnings - including their pension contributions - if they earn more than £110,000 a year.

And the report shows that Britain is one of the most reliant on overseas doctors, with 28.7 per cent of medics trained abroad - the fifth highest figure in Europe.  

三级成人视频By contrast, pay for nurses was below the average for the OECD, with nurses earning the same as the average UK wage.

三级成人视频Typically, OECD nations pay nurses 10 per cent more than average earnings, with countries Australia and New Zealand among those paying nurses around a fifth more.

The UK has fewer nurses than the OECD average, with just 7.8 per 1,000 people, compared with an average of 8.8.  And across European nations, Britain is the second most reliant on overseas nurses, with 15 per cent of nurses trained overseas.

三级成人视频Joyce Robins, from Patient Concern, said: “We are desperately short of GPs, and it seems extraordinary, given how generous the pay is.

“I really fear for the future. We have so few GPs compared to the number we need, and with so many choosing to work part-time, it’s hard to see how we will ever have enough of them”.

Gaetan Lafortune, OECD health expert, said: “The differences between the UK and other countries are very striking, particularly when we you look at how many GPs are retiring early. They are leaving the profession much earlier than in other countries.”

三级成人视频“When you look at how GPs earnings compared to the average wage it’s more than three times as much.

You might think that would attract more GPs to do the job, but that is not what we are seeing at all.”

三级成人视频“The other factor is that the most important comparison is what they could earn as a hospital specialist, and the fact they could still earn more doing that.”

Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA GP committee chairman, said GPs were working tirelessly in the face of record pressures.

He said: “While recent years may have seen some rises in GP pay, this has come after a decade of real-terms pay cuts. Meanwhile, we have a plummeting workforce in family medicine.

三级成人视频“This data highlights how far the UK lags behind comparable countries in terms of overall doctor numbers. The NHS in England has lost the equivalent of more than 1,000 full-time GPs in the last four years.”

三级成人视频Dr Nikki Kanani, national medical director for primary care, said: “Working in general practice can be challenging but is also a rewarding career and the number of doctors now training to be a GP is at its highest ever level at almost 16,000.

三级成人视频“We welcome more doctors wanting to work in this flexible profession and we are investing an extra £4.5bn in local doctors and community services which will help fund 20,000 more staff to support GPs, reduce pressures, and improve patient care.”

Separately it emerged on Sunday than one million women in England do not have access to a regular female GP. While female GPs slightly outnumber their male counterparts in the UK, in some areas as many as three in four GPs are male according to NHS figures seen by The Times.