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GPs pay 30% more in GMC fees overhaul

GMC fees for GPs will jump from £290 to £375 in 2005 under an overhaul of the council's fees structure.

The rise comes despite the GMC identifying £5 million in potential savings by relocating its offices and contracting out legal work.

The new fees structure will also mean overseas-qualified GPs will no longer pay more than UK-qualified colleagues.

The GMC has agreed to hold the annual registration fee at £290 for 2003 and 2004, with the increased charges beginning in 2005.

Dr Krishna Korlipara, GMC member and GP in Bolton, said the fees overhaul was long overdue and would help cover the cost of revalidation.

He added: 'Without the review of spending that has identified £5 million worth of savings the fees could have gone up by another £50.'

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