GMC will increase doctors’ registration fees by 0.5% from April next year.
This will see fully-qualified doctors pay a fee of £408 in 2021 – £2 more per year – and newly-qualified doctors £157 – £1 more per year, the regulator said.
The GMC is also increasing the fees for testing, including PLAB 1 costs rising from £239 to £240, and PLAB 2 from £875 to £879.
The GMC said the fees rise was in line with its ‘commitment to limit increases in line with inflation’
Its statement said: ‘We fully understand the challenging circumstances doctors are working in to care for patients and support our health services.’
With regards to how funds from collected fees will be spent, the GMC said it intends to ‘continue our important work to improve training experience and working environments, making them safe, supportive, inclusive and fair for doctors’.
The GMC is also investing in setting up a temporary test centre next spring, so it can test more doctors from overseas during the Covid-19 pandemic.
|Newly qualified doctors||2020|
|Full registration (year 1)||156||157|
|Annual retention fee (years 2 to 5)||156||157|
|Annual retention fee with a licence||406||408|
|Annual retention fee without a licence||145||146|
|PLAB test – part 1||239||240|
|PLAB test – part 2||875||879|
|Certificate of completion of training||437||439|
|Certificate of eligibility for specialist registration||1,668||1,676|
|Certificate of eligibility for GP registration||1,668||1,676|
|Certificate of GP acquired rights||305||307|