GMC fee frozen for new doctors

THE provisional registration fee paid by newly qualified doctors has been frozen at £90 this year, the General Medical Council has announced.

Doctors on a lower income will also be eligible for a 50 per cent discount on their annual retention fee (ARF).

All other doctors with a licence to practise will see their fee increase by £30, from £390 to £420. The 7.5 per cent rise is the first time the ARF has been increased since 2010.

Doctors without a licence to practise will this year pay £140, a £10 rise.

The GMC attributes the need for a fee rise to increased demand for services, anticipating more than 20,000 registration applications and more than 75,000 revalidation decisions in 2015.

The regulator also expects an increase in serious complaints which is likely to result in over 2,800 fitness to practise hearing days. The Council of the GMC has pledged to do everything it can to bear down on costs to keep the ARF as low as possible.

Niall Dickson, the Chief Executive of the General Medical Council said: "For five years we have succeeded in cutting or freezing our fee – increased demand now means we need to restore it to the level it was in 2010, if we are to continue to meet our wide-ranging obligations. These responsibilities have increased substantially in recent years with, for example, the introduction of revalidation and the oversight of postgraduate education."

Click here for a full list of GMC fee changes in 2015

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