Doctor, doctor: How can you justify a 10% pay increase

According to John Key Doctors prices would level out and the market would determine the price doctors could charge for a consult when the consult fees would be up to the doctors.
I wonder if this is what John Key had in mind?

GPs’ salaries soar to £110,000 despite promises of more money for patients

By Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor

Published: 01 November 2007

 

It’s not what you expect from members of a “caring profession”. Medicine is supposed to be a vocation and doctors are renowned for putting the interests of their patients first. Yet family doctors have boosted their earnings by awarding themselves a larger slice of the NHS cake – at the expense of their patients.

Official figures published yesterday show GPs’ pay soared to an average of £110,000 a year in 2005-06, a rise of almost 10 per cent on the previous year and 35 per cent in the two years since their new contract was introduced in 2004.

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