It was not quite turkeys voting for Christmas, but NHS Alliance chairman Michael Dixon came pretty close in his comment piece for the BBC website last week.

He suggested GPs should own up about how much take-home pay they pocket.

Dr Dixon volunteered himself to be first over the top with his “just under” £100,000.

His argument is that to earn patients’ trust and respect, GPs need to be more transparent. They should not be afraid, he says, because at the equivalent of just £10 a month per patient, GPs are good value for money, “considering that patients have unlimited access not only to their GP but also to other services the practice may provide”.

Unlimited access to GP services? No appointment rationing via an 8.30am phone queue? Forget Christmas, Dr Dixon gets the HSJ news desk’s vote for chairman of the British Medical Association GPs committee.