My dad told me never to become a doctor. As I failed physics "O" Level and wandered off into social sciences that was probably sound counsel for me, but in general his advice may not have been correct. With the bonus payments and a bunch of other incentives, it looks like British GPs are really making out these days. Apparently average income is now north of 100K GBP, which is far in excess of income for primary care docs over here (if you take it at the $2 to 1GBP exchange rate).
And they are pretty happy about it, or as we Chelsea fans say "top of the league and having a laugh"