Minimal increase in GMC fees

DOCTORS will be asked to pay up to an extra £2 a year for their General Medical Council registration fees.

The regulator revealed the increase of 0.5 per cent would take effect from April 1, 2021.

Fully registered doctors will pay an extra £2 per year while those who are newly qualified will pay an extra £1. There will be no increase for those applying for provisional registration.

The regular has pledged to extend discounts for new doctors for up to six years, while any doctor earning less than £32,000 will get their annual retention fee half price. This includes those on maternity, paternity and adoption leave and doctors receiving sick pay.

From April, fully registered doctors will pay £408 while the fee for newly qualified doctors will be £157.

The regulator said: "We fully understand the challenging circumstances doctors are working in to care for patients and support our health services. We will continue our important work to improve training experience and working environments, making them safe, supportive, inclusive and fair for doctors."

The GMC also plans to create a new temporary clinical assessment centre to test the skills of thousands of overseas doctors who want to work in the UK. It says this facility would bring its testing capacity back to pre-pandemic levels.