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GPs to face 8% rise in GMC fees from April

GPs face paying GMC fees of £420 a year to renew their licence, after the regulator announced a 7.69% increase – the first rise in five years – at its board meeting today.

The rise in GMC fees comes as an Freedom of Information Act request revealed that six senior GMC staff members are paid more annually than Prime Minister David Cameron.

GPs currently have to foot £390 per year for registration with a licence and £140 for registration without a licence. However, that cost has been cut or frozen for the past five years as a result of the ‘challenging times’ being experienced by doctors.

But GP leaders have said that the move to raise the fees is ‘disappointing’, and that ‘every penny counts’ to balance practices’ books.

And the FOI response, obtained by Pulse, reveals that six GMC officials including director of resources and quality assurance Neil Roberts, director of fitness to practise Anthony Omo and director of registration and revalidation Una Lane, all earn more than Mr Cameron’s £142,500 salary.

Meanwhile, chief executive Niall Dickson tops the wage list, earning £225,000.

Other senior GMC figures earning more than the Mr Cameron include director of strategy and communication Paul Buckley, and interim director of education and standards Judith Hulf.

Mr Dickson said at the board meeting today: ‘For five years we have succeeded in cutting or freezing our fees – increased demand now means we need to restore it to the level it was in 2010, if we are to continue to meet our wide-ranging obligations. 

‘These responsibilities have increased substantially in recent years with, for example, the introduction of revalidation and the oversight of postgraduate education.’ 

GPC deputy chair Dr Richard Vautrey said before the increase was confirmed: ‘I think it is disappointing that they are now having to increase them again if that is actually the case. Practices are struggling and every penny counts as far as trying to balance expenses and competing bills that the practices are having to deal with.

‘So whilst in itself it might not seem that significant, all these things start to add up.’

Professor Sir Peter Rubin, chair of the GMC, said about its senior salaries: ‘Senior management team salaries are overseen by the remuneration committee on behalf of Council and published on the GMC website. The remuneration committee takes external specialist advice to ensure that we benchmark our salary levels against comparable organisations.

‘The salaries we offer reflect the fact that the GMC is a high performing organisation operating in a highly competitive environment. We also have to bear in mind that in the past 12 months, two longstanding members of the senior management team have left to work for other organisations as have a number of assistant directors. We need to offer the right salaries to ensure that we continue to recruit and retain high quality senior staff.’

 

 

 

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    225k for an ex BBC journo who went on to King's Fund
    - whose independent status can hardly be applauded as it accepted 510m from DH. Many of it's suggestions are not aligned with the founding priciples of the NHS

    If I have to take a pay cut to keep my organisation going he should look at how he can save the 8% he wants to run the GMC or take a pay cut.
    Other option is that I'll do his job, I'll do it for the 50% of his salary, scrap revalidation and I'd be getting a pay

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  • CCG Clinical Chief is also in the bracket of 200k ,,,,so what ! we are the plebs and have a no right to question the morality of lawmakers.

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  • Took Early Retirement

    Gosh! Moderator is busy!

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  • ha ha ha you are kidding its broken as an organisation Fix it and I will pay your increase when I see an increase in my pay

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  • 55, not intending to work after Christmas.
    To pay or not to pay, that is the question.

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  • What happens if a substantial number of GPs refuse to pay? Perhaps our "union" could start to act in our interest and organise the protest.

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  • GDC subscription also went up recently despite all the fight from dentist. there is no dialogue in NHS: one way rules

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  • Vinci Ho

    Chinese saying,
    Pour sone oil over the fire.
    Considering the anger amongst all medical professionals, primary and secondary care, this is so imbecile .

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  • Vinci Ho

    The honourable thing for these executives to do is , take the lead to reduce their salary by 10%

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  • Maybe the GMC could cut it's £255K spending on private health insurance first:

    http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/your-practice/practice-topics/regulation/gmc-defends-spending-250k-on-private-health-insurance-perk-for-staff/20002606.article#.VIiBPXs72N0

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  • "We need to offer the right salaries to ensure that we continue to recruit and retain high quality senior staff."

    One might also consider the need to recruit and retain high quality doctors and not hit those remaining with this sort of charge. Out of interest, what is the GMC fee supposed to cover?

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  • Remember the GMC does an excellent job. If it receives a malicious letter from a patient saying your smile wasn't big enough they launch an investigation and treat you like s*** - vital for the integriry of the professsion. So it's viital that we pay a large fee for this service. Also to fund their huge pay packets and private health insurance schemes. In fact, I think the fee should be even bigger - £1000 at least so they all get a wonderful salary and even better perks.
    I relinquished my licence in February and will now cancel my registration !!!

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  • The basic role of the GMC is the maintenance of entry onto and removal from the professional register of Licensed medical practice.
    The classical supplemental roles where the advice to the profession on what constitues acceptable standards of practice and the appropriate investigation of allegations of practitioners falling below the standard.
    The delegation of investigation to the medical tribual process, a pervieved lack of pace in investgations, a percieved greater accountability to the general public instead of regulating the profession for the profession do not seem to have been matched by an appropiate debate on to what extent the expansion of role should be funded by the profession and what contribution the public or state should make for the enhanced roles.
    No silly breaching of fee payment, but I would support a call for an independant judicial review into what are "core activities" that should be regulated and paid for by the profession in line with stature , and what are " public value added" activities which i feel should be contributed to by public payment- general taxation or "pay as you play" basis.
    We have introduced a non-refundable deposit for parliamanetary candidates in the universal right to discourage spurious standing for election :Ii believe that sets a very reasonable precedent for the same in formal professional complaint about medical staff.

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  • Why is the moderator not allowing free debate ?.i have just seen a comment that is about to be removed . It offends no one and makes a fair point . What are you scared of?

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  • Good idea, Andrew.

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  • Took Early Retirement

    A clear example of an organization out of control and one which believes itself to be above criticism, and, indeed, above the law. (Look at the cases of Prof Meadow and Dr Southall for starters, and, closer to home for us GPs, Dr Richard Scott of Margate, whose case was found "proved" despite one of the main witnesses not being there to be properly questioned by him or his legal advisors, but allowed to give evidence remotely. )

    It produces "guidance" which is often impossible to follow in real life. (Any GP actually READ what they tell us to do re chaparones? I have.) When this guidance is breached then they can say, "Aha!" Look at all these failing doctors- we must have EVEN CLOSER scrutiny of them." And what organisation does that give more work to? Yup, the GMC. It is a self-perpetuating monster.

    AND DO NOT FORGET: we are STILL awaiting the independent report into the deaths of doctors while under GMC investigation. I am sooo looking forward to that coming out and I hope PULSE is going to do a really good forensic job on it.

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  • So now the truth is out. It's not fat cat GPs but fat cat GMC officials. Perhaps someone should tell the Daily Mail.

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