Thousands of GPs receive automatic bonuses

BRITAIN Thousands of family doctors are being paid automatic bonuses of up to £14,000 a year simply for staying in their jobs, The Telegraph reports. Official statistics reveal that more than 13,000 GPs are being awarded annual payments for time served, under a system which was quietly introduced as part of Labour’s GP contract. Government ministers said they are committed to phasing out the payments, which they described as “antiquated and deeply unfair”. Under the terms, a family doctor typically receives an extra £100,000 in their last decade of work in payments which also contribute towards their pension.