GMC cuts junior doctors’ registration fees

Authors: Abi Rimmer 

Publication date:  14 Dec 2017


The General Medical Council has announced cuts to its registration fees that could save new doctors nearly £1200 over six years.

The GMC said that all doctors who apply for provisional registration from April 2018 will benefit from discounts.

From April the cost of provisional registration will reduce from £90 to £50. The cost of the first full year of registration will be cut from £200 to £150, and the subsequent annual registration fee will reduce from £425 to £150 for the next four years, the regulator said, leading to total savings of £1190 over six years.[1]

Doctors who have been fully registered with the GMC for four years or less will also receive the discount for the remaining discount period. For example, doctors who were granted full registration in August 2017 will receive the discount on their annual retention fee for the next four years.

All doctors who have held full registration with the GMC for more than five years will receive a fee reduction of £35, the regulator said. They will pay £390 for their annual retention fee instead of £425.

The GMC said it could reduce fees because of savings it had made, including by moving 130 jobs from London to Manchester and by reforming fitness to practise procedures.

Terence Stephenson, chair of the GMC, said he hoped that the changes would help doctors at the beginning of their careers. He also said, “We are determined to reduce the cost of regulation, both for individual doctors and the health system as a whole. We are very focused on providing value for every pound of registrants’ money. We are only able to make these changes because of diligent saving efforts and careful financial planning.”

Stephenson said that the GMC could offer further benefits to doctors if the government changed legislation governing the way it operates.

Commenting on the fee cut on Twitter, Harrison Carter, co-chair of the BMA’s medical students committee, said, “No better news for my peers and I as we leave our last finals exam to hear that the GMC will be reducing provisional registration costs” (@HarryDECarter).

Simon Fleming, past president of the British Orthopaedic Trainees Association, tweeted, “The GMC have listened [to junior doctors] and I’m so happy to see that fees are being reduced. From April 2018, we will all save a little money while we do our jobs” (@OrthopodReg).

References

  1. GMC. GMC to slash registration fees for doctors. 13 Dec 2017. [Link] .

Abi Rimmer The BMJ

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