THE General Medical Council will freeze all registration fees from April 2017 to March 2018.
The annual retention fee will be held at £425, while the fee paid by medical school graduates applying for provisional registrantion will remain at £90. New doctors registering for their first full year of practice will continue to pay £200.
The fee for the postgraduate Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) has also been frozen at £420, and doctors with worldwide incomes below £32,000 a year will continue to be eligible for a 50 per cent discount on the annual retention fee.
This announcement follows a major change programme at the GMC with the relocation of around 130 posts from London to Manchester. The organisation has also reformed its defined benefit pension scheme for staff. These changes are expected to save up to £6 million a year by 2018.
Charlie Massey, the GMC’s new Chief Executive, said: "Health services across the UK and the professionals working within them are dealing with one of the toughest financial situations on record. Against this challenging backdrop it’s essential that we keep our registration fees for doctors as low as possible."