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GMC freezes doctors’ annual retention fees

The GMC has frozen its annual retention fees for 2014/15.

Fees will remain at £390 for registration with a licence and £140 for registration without a licence.

The registration fee for newly qualified doctors will remain at £185 and the provisional registration fee will stay at £90. This will come into effect from 1 April 2014.

It comes as nearly 25,000 doctors had their licences renewed in the first year of operation of revalidation.

More than 10,000 doctors on the GP Register and 12,000 on the Specialist Register have successfully revalidated in the first 12 months.

On the topic of fees, Niall Dickson, CEO of the GMC, said: “As a leading regulator, we must not only work to support our values, but also offer value for money.

“We have achieved this while expanding our work: by liaising directly with employers and doctors, working with patients and developing our data strategy.

“We believe that we have managed to strike a balance which is beneficial to all doctors and enables the GMC to continue to be as efficient and effective as we can.”

In addition, the GMC has also agreed that the threshold to qualify for the income discount will be increased by £1,000 to £32,000.

This means that doctors whose total gross annual worldwide income from all sources is less than £32,000 will qualify for a 50% reduction in their annual retention fee due after 1 April 2014.

Other healthcare regulators have monitored the introduction of the GMC’s revalidation system, with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and General Pharmaceutical Council recently announcing plans to introduce their own revalidation checks.

The GMC expects to revalidate around 30,000 doctors by the end of this year and is on target to check most doctors by the end of March 2016.

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