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GMC registration fees to rise by £7 from April



The GMC’s annual registration fees will increase by 1.7% from April, meaning registered doctors will pay £7 more than they do now.

The fee rise will also see newly qualified doctors pay £3 extra, compared with current prices.

From 1 April, the fee for full registration with the regulator will rise from £399 to £406, while costs for newly qualified doctors will go from £153 to £156. Provisional registration payments will increase marginally, from £51 to £52.

The GMC confirmed newly qualified doctors will still benefit from discounted registration fees for up to six years.

The 50% discount on the registration fee for doctors who earn less than £32,000 also applies, but this is not available for newly qualified doctors that have already received a fee reduction.

The GMC said the decision to raise the price of registration this year follows its aim to limit increases in line with inflation.

Last year, fees rose by £3 for newly qualified doctors and £9 for other doctors.

GMC chief executive Charlie Massey highlighted the ongoing work the GMC is doing to support doctors, including the ‘welcome to UK practice’ programme.

He said: ‘Next year we will continue to expand our support for doctors new to practice in the UK through the welcome to UK practice (WtUKP) programme. These free workshops offer practical guidance about ethical scenarios doctors may encounter, and the chance to connect with other doctors coming from abroad.

‘Through the rollout of our professional behaviours and patient safety programme, we will continue to champion cultural change by giving doctors the tools to tackle unprofessional behaviours.’

He added: ‘Building on this year’s research into leadership cultures and wellbeing, we will work collaboratively with others to implement positive and compassionate workplace culture across health systems.’