First GMC Fee Rise in Five Years - Provisional Fee Frozen
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The General Medical Council’s (GMC) annual fee, paid by doctors with a licence to practise, will increase by £30 – from £390 to £420. The rise, the first since 2010, will apply from 1 April 2015.
The GMC will continue to provide support to newly qualified doctors at the start of their careers by freezing the provisional registration fee at £90. Doctors on a lower income will continue to be eligible for a 50% discount.
The decision to restore the 2010 level follows increased demand for the GMC’s services. In 2015, the doctors’ regulator expects to process more than 20,000 registration applications and more than 75,000 revalidation decisions, as well as handling an increase in serious complaints, which is likely to result in over 2,800 fitness to practise hearing days.
In addition, demands on its oversight of medical education have increased with enhanced monitoring of areas where there are concerns.
Looking ahead, the Council of the GMC is determined that everything should be done to bear down on cost to keep the ARF as low as possible.
This year the GMC fee also includes the Government’s new statutory levy on regulators to fund the work of the Professional Standards Authority. This will amount to £600,000 from April 2015 to the end of the year, rising to £800,000 in 2016.
Niall Dickson, the Chief Executive of the General Medical Council said:
"For five years we have succeeded in cutting or freezing our fee – increased demand now means we need to restore it to the level it was in 2010, if we are to continue to meet our wide-ranging obligations. These responsibilities have increased substantially in recent years with, for example, the introduction of revalidation and the oversight of postgraduate education.
"In 2015 we will scale up our programme of engagement with doctors and medical students on ethics, professional standards and other practical issues of professionalism. In addition, we will roll out the Welcome to UK Practice programme for doctors new to the UK, take forward significant work to make better use of our data, progress plans to make the medical register much more useful and develop a national licensing exam.
"We will continue to offer reduced rates to those who are newly qualified or on lower incomes but we do recognise these are challenging times for all doctors and we are determined to provide value for money."
For further information visit the GMC website.
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