No ARF rise for doctors

THE GMC has once again frozen its annual retention fee (ARF) for 2014/15.

Fees will remain at £390 for registration with a licence and £140 for registration without a licence. The registration fee for newly qualified doctors will remain at £185 and the provisional registration fee will stay at £90. This will come into effect from 1 April 2014.

In addition, the GMC has also agreed that the threshold to qualify for the income discount will be increased by £1,000 to £32,000. This means that doctors whose total gross annual worldwide income from all sources is less than £32,000 will qualify for a 50 per cent reduction in their annual retention fee due after 1 April 2014.

Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the GMC said: "As a leading regulator, we must not only work to support our values, but also offer value for money.

"We have achieved this while expanding our work: by liaising directly with employers and doctors, working with patients and developing our data strategy.

"We believe that we have managed to strike a balance which is beneficial to all doctors and enables the GMC to continue to be as efficient and effective as we can."