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Fees for GP certificates are set to triple under proposals revealed by the postgraduate medical education and training board (PMETB).

The PMETB has launched a six-week consultation into hiking fees from their present level of £250 to £750 from next April.

Fees for the certificate of equivalent of experience will also jump from £700 to £1,250 and appeal costs will rise by 40 per cent to a maximum of £2,100 for an oral hearing.

The PMETB, which has only been in operation for two months, was heavily criticised for introducing charges to begin with.

It said it needed the extra money to plug a £2.8 million shortfall next year and to cope with Government plans to withdraw its funding over the next three years.

Dr Ethie Kong, a GP trainer in north London, said young doctors should not be penalised in order to support the PMETB.

She said: 'It should be funded purely by the Government.

'It is a disincentive and puts obstacles in the path of new doctors when we should be making life easier for them.'

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