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PMETB fees to rise by 48%

The BMA has slammed a 48% hike in fees increase by the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB).

Dr Hamish Meldrum, BMA chair has attacked the plans, which would see doctors in non-training posts forced to pay £1850 for a Certificate of Eligibility for specialist or GP registration.

Junior doctors applying for a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) would have to pay £750 in line with inflation.

Dr Meldrum said: ‘It's hard to see how these rises can possibly be justified. The government is apparently determined to keep down public sector pay at all costs – including the staging of pay awards – while disregarding the never-ending rises in fees charged by bodies like PMETB.

‘The role of PMETB is to maintain standards of quality for patients and the NHS, so it's unclear why doctors have to meet all the costs.

‘We welcome their commitment to addressing the lengthy delays facing Staff Grade and Associate Specialist doctors applying for specialist status, but it doesn't seem fair to penalise them for PMETB's own poor performance.'

The GMC announced last month it was raising its fees 35% from April. The council's annual retention fee will increase to £390 and the provisional registration fee to £135, though GPs earning less than £21,391 will only have to pay half of the fee. Its fees are expected to rise further after the costs of revalidation and the switch to a lower standard of proof come into effect.

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