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GMC votes to freeze retention fees

The GMC has decided to freeze its annual retention fee and all other registration fees next year.

The decision, made at its council meeting last week, follows complaints by doctors over the 70 per cent hike in this year's fee to £290.

In addition to freezing the fees, the council has established a working group to look at flexible payment methods, including paying by instalments.

It is also considering a two-tier system of fee scales involving lower fees for junior doctors, retired GPs and doctors on a low income.

The GMC hopes to bring the changes in by January 2004.

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