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BMA appeals over charges for GPs over 65

By Gareth Iacobucci

The BMA is appealing to the High Court to try and block GMC moves to charge GPs over the age of 65 to stay on the GMC register.

As Pulse first reported in May, the GMC is to scrap exemption on annual GMC retention fees for almost a thousand GPs aged 65, after it emerged that previous exemptions were ‘unlawful'.

But the BMA will apply for a judicial review in October, and have urged GPs over the age of 65 not to pay their fees until the outcome of the appeal.

A BMA spokesman said: ‘The BMA regrets that we have been forced to pursue this course of action, but we feel it is necessary to do so on behalf of the thousands of retired doctors who have given many years of service to the NHS.'

GPs over 65 have not had to pay an annual retention fee - which recently rose to £390 per year - since 1970.

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