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GMC urged to cut fee

A GP member of the GMC is calling on the council to cut its annual registration fee after it announced a surplus of almost £10 million in 2003.

The council is also forecasting a £6.4 million underspend this year. It raised fees from £170 to £290 in 2002.

Bolton GP Dr Krishna Korlipara said cutting fees would be a 'goodwill' gesture.

'Surpluses have been made because costs were fundamentally reviewed,' he said.

'We should show our goodwill by considering a reduction in fees for doctors in their first three to four years after registration.'

He added: 'We should also be looking at whether it is feasible to reduce fees by a small amount for all doctors.'

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