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GMC to scrap age exemption on fees

By Gareth Iacobucci

Almost a thousand GPs aged 65 and over will have to pay annual GMC retention fees, after it emerged that previous exemptions were ‘unlawful'.

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

However, the GMC is set to scrap the exemption based on legal advice that the current age exemption goes against provisions in the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006.

Figures from the Information Centre show that the number of GPs aged 65 and over was 999 in 2007. The GMC said that, in total, it had written to 31,000 doctors who are likely to be affected.

A GMC spokesperson said the Council will contact the affected doctors again ‘when we are in a position to advise them as to the way forward'.

‘We are obliged to comply with the law and consequently we will be considering what further action we need to take.'

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