£300,000 a year - just what the doctor ordered

Some GPs received up to £380,000 last year, although from this they have to pay for other staff in their practice as well as rent.

Nonetheless, in Norfolk, one GP makes £310,000 per year even after these costs have been subtracted, according to statistics obtained by The Daily Mail after Freedom of Information requests.

The figures also found that family doctors are being paid more than £200 an hour for working evenings at the weekends, something they did for free before 2004 until the contract moved responsibility to primary care trusts.

Family doctors 'earn more than £300,000' (Daily Telegraph, 4 August 2009)