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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.’




Readers' comments (48)

  • SO GLAD when I retired 1 year ago I decided to stop all registration. The GMC are a self satisfied sanctimonious little club of bullies that have the same principles as Bankers.

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  • Nick Taylor: the outrage is at the sham of an organisation that treats its members very badly (many suicides whilst undergoing GMC investigations), whose members are taking real time pay cuts, and yet the organisation itself are happy to pay many of its board members very large amounts of money.

    The amount of money is trivial. The symbolism it protrays is deeply unpopular

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  • They should be able to do the work that they actually HAVE to do for about £100 per GP per year. They should monitor our registrations and do fitness to practice.

    All the rest is spent on empire building which does not benefit us and we should not have to pay for it. If the government want the GMC to regulate us, revalidate us, advise us, run expensive London offices and employ "top executives" then the Government should sodding well pay for it.

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  • Heavily subsidised hypocrisy
    We are paying handsomely -and what for? to be berated and mistreated by our professional 'regulators'-more like dictators

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  • It must be clarified under the act of freedom to information re the activities membership monies are spent on.
    Members should not be responsible to fund lifestyles of the executives of such organisations.
    If bankers bonuses are under scrutiny, why not GMC executives pay would be ?

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  • They are there to protect the public so why can't the government pay their salaries. I can't see ministers agreeing to the GMC having their noses in the finical trough

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  • Una Coales. Retired NHS GP.

    @4:30 pm, GMC sub renewals are in July. I plan not to renew, which is the easiest way to come off the register.

    @6:53 pm, I am saving an additional £140/y by not asking to remain on the register! Glad to see you have come to your senses. It is not a security blanket to keep paying the GMC!

    It is okay to leave medicine, to retire early, to give yourself permission to work to live not live to work. Happy Christmas! Family first, job second. Medicine is a job, not a vocation that demands complete and utter self sacrifice!

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  • If you want to know where you are heading, just look at the GDC. Dentists (unless the Judicial Review taken out by the BDA is a success) will be paying nearly £900 this year.

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  • Highly competitive environment . There is no alternative provider of GMC services .

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  • Una Coales. Retired NHS GP.

    It's mid December GMC? Where is the promised report on doctor suicides while under investigation? Niall told me it would be out this month.

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