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Parliamentary petition calls for doctors to stop paying for GMC


See reply from the petetions committee The Government has responded to the petition you signed – “Make GMC a tax-payer funded organisation and not to be funded by doctors.”. Government responded: The GMC sets standards for doctors, provides support to achieve them and takes action when they are not met. It is right that the cost of regulation is met by those professionals who are regulated. The GMC is an independent organisation that regulates doctors in the UK, helps to protect patients and improve medical education and practice across the UK. In doing so the GMC: • decides which doctors are qualified to work in the UK and oversees UK medical education and training; • sets the standards that doctors need to follow, and make sure that they continue to meet these standards throughout their careers; and • Takes action to prevent a doctor from putting the safety of patients, or the public's confidence in doctors, at risk. Doctors must pay a fee to register with the General Medical Council and an annual retention fee to remain on the register in order to practise as a doctor in the UK. The standard fee to join or remain on the register is £425, though this is reducing to £390 from 1 April 2018. Managing Public Money allows certain public goods and services to be financed by charges rather than from general taxation: this includes registration by statutory regulators, such as the GMC. Department of Health and Social Care Click this link to view the response online: The Petitions Committee will take a look at this petition and its response. They can press the government for action and gather evidence. If this petition reaches 100,000 signatures, the Committee will consider it for a debate. The Committee is made up of 11 MPs, from political parties in government and in opposition. It is entirely independent of the Government. Find out more about the Committee: Thanks, The Petitions team UK Government and Parliament

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22 Feb 2018

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