The General Medical Council (GMC) has stated that a £5 increase will be applied to its registration fee for doctors in 2016, meaning that the new charge will be £425.
However, the GMC has also confirmed that newly qualified doctors will continue to pay the same registration fee of £200, while doctors in training will continue to pay the same rate of £90.
The fee increase will be implemented as part of a major overhaul to how the GMC operates, and it will also help with efforts to reduce the council’s overall outgoings and operational costs.
GMC Chief Executive Niall Dickson said: “We are determined that any rise in the annual retention fee will be kept to a minimum. This small increase and the steps we will take as part of our efficiency programme are necessary to make sure we remain financially sustainable as an organisation.
“Overall we are in good financial health and it is important that we stay that way. Like other organisations in healthcare, we are in a challenging financial environment. However, we are determined to be good stewards of our registrants’ money – which is why we need to make sure our income keeps up with our expenditure but also continue to cut our costs.”
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