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General Medical Council cuts fees for all doctors

Press Release

14 Dec 2011

The General Medical Council is cutting doctors’ fees. This is the first time the annual fee paid by all doctors has been cut since it was introduced in 1970.

As a result of further efficiencies achieved across the organisation, we are able this year to pass on our savings to all doctors.

Niall Dickson, the Chief Executive of the GMC

The General Medical Council is cutting doctors’ fees. This is the first time the annual fee paid by all doctors has been cut since it was introduced in 1970. 

The fee reduction for all doctors is part of a package of measures (1) agreed by the GMC’s Council at its meeting yesterday. Changes include:

  • The Annual Retention Fee has been cut from £420 to £390 for doctors holding registration with a licence to practise, and from £145 to £140 for doctors holding registration without a licence to practise. These reductions are effective from 1 April 2012.
  • Provisionally-registered doctors will pay £95 a year, down from £100 in 2011 and £145 in 2010.
  • Any doctor whose total gross annual world-wide income from all sources is less than £30,000 will qualify for a 50% reduction in their annual retention fees due after 1 April 2012. The current threshold is £26,000.

The reduction in fees has been made possible by improving the efficiency of the GMC’s operations, which has led to savings of over £8 million in 2011. Examples of savings include:

  • Expansion of the in-house legal team, reducing our requirement for external lawyers
  • Reducing the number of panellists sitting on panels from 5 to 3
  • Greater use of e-communications rather than paper

Niall Dickson, the Chief Executive of the GMC, said:

‘We have a responsibility to provide value for money and, as far as we can, to control our costs. Last year we were able to freeze the annual fee paid by all doctors and cut the fee paid by newly qualified doctors. As a result of further efficiencies achieved across the organisation, we are able this year to pass on savings to all doctors.

‘We are making these reductions at the same time as facing increasing demand on our services and delivering major initiatives that will benefit doctors and patients, including the introduction of revalidation, the medical practitioners tribunal service, and the roll-out of employer and regional liaison teams.’