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GMC freezes retention fees

17 December 2013

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The General Medical Council (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.

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the General Medical Council 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.