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PMETB fees up, but less than planned

Certification fees for GP registrars will rise from £250 to £500 from April, the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board has declared.

The PMETB had been planning to treble fees to £750, but after an outcry from GPs has decided instead to stage the increase over two years.

The move was made possible by a Government grant to the board of £1.4 million .

Paul Streets, chief executive of the PMETB, denied the funding was a 'bribe' to head off GP registrars' anger, but admitted it would 'ameliorate' the situation. The PMETB had to gain financial independence from the Government, he added.

GPs said the reduction for this year was welcome, but fees were still too high.

Dr Andrew Thomson, chair of the GPC registrars subcommittee and a GP registrar in Forfar, Angus, said: 'I still think this is a massive fee for little gain in terms of quality and improved training.'

Article 11 and 14 fees will rise from £700 to £950 this year and to £1,250 in 2007.

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