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GMC to freeze all fees next year

The GMC has announced that it is freezing all its fees from April 2017 to March 2018.

This means that the annual retention fee will be frozen at £425, the fee for medical school graduates to be provisionally registered will be frozen at £90 and the fee for the first year of full registration will remain at £200.

This follows fee increases in recent years, from £390 in 2014-15 to £420 in 2015-16 and £425 in 2016-17.

Charlie Massey, the GMC’s new chief executive, said: ‘Health services across the UK and the professionals working within them are dealing with one of the toughest financial situations on record. Against this challenging backdrop it’s essential that we keep our registration fees for doctors as low as possible.'

The news comes as comes as the GMC is consulting on its fitness to practise procedure to streamline it and reduce the impact on doctors.

The GMC also aims to save up to £6 million a year by 2018, with measures including relocating 130 posts to Manchester from London and reforming its pension scheme for staff.

It is also looking to generate additional income in several ways, for example charging for some of its services internationally.

Mr Massey said: ‘The measures that we have taken this year mean that we can freeze our registration fees in 2017.

'I am determined that the GMC will continue to exercise discipline in the way that it manages the income from its fees, stretching them as far as they will go to make sure the organisation remains in strong financial health while continuing to improve our services for doctors and patients.'

This follows the opposite move from the CQC, which is proposing a 76% increase in fees next year.

Under the proposals the fee for an average-sized GP practice with 5,001-10,000 patients will increase by almost £2,000, to £4,500. The CQC is consulting on the fee increases until 11 January 2017 and the new fees would be in force on 1 April 2017.

Readers' comments (6)

  • Will they stop hounding professional, hard working doctors trying to do their best for patients in a broken system, and treating them as criminals at the sniff of a complaint, or give them right not to feel like a criminal until proven guilty? Thought not...

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  • Spuds

    A frozen rip-off is still a rip-off. Halve the fee and I will be impressed. Pay for it from the public purse and I would be actually satisfied. Empire-building, wasteful institution. Why do I have to pay for my own potential firing squad?

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    They all have their hands in my till, so if one of them steals a little less this year I am supposed to be grateful?

    State regulators should be state funded.

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  • What is Charlie Massey's salary?

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  • If the GMC ceased paying for private medical insurance for the staff they could reduce the annual fee.
    Perhaps they know something we don't...

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  • Why don't we all leave now? What ever happened to us electing colleagues to the GMC? Now it is all self appointed cronies, so no risk of dissent from within. So glad that I have left early, but what a loss of 40 years of experience to the NHS. Nobody in government cares how long patients wait. Get rid of the GMC and replace with a government funded authority.

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