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Doctors And Consultants (Fees)

Volume 931: debated on Wednesday 4 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the minimum amount and what was the maximum amount paid by the NHS to an individual NHS consultant in gynaecology and obstetrics, including merit awards and service payments, during 1975 and 1976, respectively.

I regret that information on the earnings of individual consultants is not centrally available.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what, in 1976, was the total average annual fee paid for the equivalent of a full-time appointment as an obstetric and gynaecological consultant in the NHS including merit awards, service payments for family planning work and any other additional payments by the NHS.

Average income per consultant from NHS salary and distinction awards was of the order of £10,500—£11,000 on a whole-time basis in 1976. No accurate information on earnings from fees and allowances is available: these could be up to several thousand pounds a year according to individual circumstances.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish in the Official Report a complete list of part-time medical services, and the fees as recommended by the British Medical Association for each of them, as recently approved by the Price Commission.

I understand that the list my hon. Friend has in mind is confidential and available only to members of the British Medical Association. Publication is, therefore, a matter for the association.