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Fees for GP certificates planned to rise by half

Fees for GP certificates are set to rise by 50 per cent under proposals from the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB).

The fee rise mirrors controversial increases proposed last year which were eventually cut following a storm of protest from GPs and registrars.

Under the plans, which have been put out to consultation, the one-off fee for the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) would rise from £500 to £750 from next April.

Applications under Article 11 or 14 would rise from £950 to £1,250.

Dr Sachin Patel, a GP in west London, collected a 100-name petition last year against the PMETB's first fee rise plans. He said doctors were being 'held to ransom' by the board.

Dr Patel added: 'This service used to be free. We need an independent review to check PMETB costing and efficiency. They took a month to send my CCT. They only did it when I threatened legal action.'

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