The General Medical Council (GMC) has announced that it is freezing all registration fees, from April 2017 to March 2018 including the annual retention fee.
This announcement by GMC means that the annual retention fee will be frozen at £425, while the fee for a doctor’s first year of full registration will remain at £200 and the fee for Medical School Graduates to become provisionally registered will be frozen at £90.
This follows fee increases in recent years, from £390 in 2014-15 to £420 in 2015-16 and £425 in 2016-17.
On the annual retention fee, the doctors with global incomes below £32,000 per year will continue to be eligible for a 50% discount on fee. For the postgraduate Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) the fee has also been frozen at £420.
The new Chief Executive of the GMC, Charlie Massey said that the Health services across the UK and the health professional working with them are dealing with the toughest financial situations on record. Against this challenging environment it is necessary to keep GMC registration fees for doctors as low as possible.
He further added that the GMC will continue to improve their professional support for doctors as well as modernize their fitness to practise procedures to help them to avoid carrying out full investigations wherever possible.
By 2018, the GMC aims to save up to £6 million a year with measures including repositioning about 130 posts from London to Manchester and reforming its pension scheme for staff.
In order to keep the GMC registration fees as low as possible, the GMC is also investigating to generate extra sources of income – such as charging for some of its services internationally.
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