Lo­cal GPs in top 100 earn­ers

Bray People - - BRAY PEOPLE -

TWO COUNTY Wick­low GPs were among the top 100 earn­ers in State un­der the gen­eral med­i­cal ser­vices scheme (GMS) last year, ac­cord­ing to a list pub­lished on Mon­day.

The State (HSE) last year paid out close to € 500 mil­lion in fees, grants and pen­sion con­tri­bu­tions to GPs op­er­at­ing the gen­eral med­i­cal ser­vices scheme (GMS).

About 2,000 fam­ily doc­tors re­ceive fees un­der the GMS, which mainly re­late to ser­vices pro­vided to pa­tients with med­i­cal cards.

For the first time last year a gen­eral prac­tice re­ceived more than €1 mil­lion in fees un­der the scheme, that of Dublin-based Dr. Cather­ine Cole­man. In 2007, the high­est-earn­ing prac­tice re­ceived just over € 700,000 in fees.

The high­est earner in Co. Wick­low is Dr John McManus, from Bray, who was paid €610,411, putting him 14th over­all in Ire­land.

Dr. Pa­trick Carolan from Balt­in­glass was the only other Wick­low doc­tor to fea­ture on the list and he re­ceived €448,040 which saw him in 98th po­si­tion.

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