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GMC freezes annual fee

The GMC has announced a slight reduction in annual fees for newly-qualified doctors while freezing fees for registered doctors.

GMC Council decided in its meeting on Wednesday that the annual retention fee will be frozen at £390 for currently registered doctors from 1 April 2013.

The fee for newly qualified doctors will be reduced from £195 to £185 and the provisional registration fee will be reduced from £95 to £90.

The regulator said this has been made possible by ‘improving the efficiency of the GMC’s operations’. It follows cuts in annual fees last year of £420 to £390 for annual retention and £210 to £195 for newly qualified doctors.

Niall Dickson, the chief executive of the GMC, said: ‘We recognise that these are challenging times, especially for doctors at the start of their careers. We also have a responsibility to provide value for money and, as far as we can, to control our costs.

‘Last year for the first time in the history of the GMC we cut the annual fee paid by all doctors, and this year we have been able to freeze the fee at that level and target further cuts for doctors who are new to practice.