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GMC to increase some fees for doctors

New pricing to go live in 2016

Jo Carlowe

Friday, 02 October 2015

The General Medical Council has announced a series of fee changes.

Before the summer of 2016, small charges will be introduced to cover the costs for credit card transactions (1.5%), and the direct debit instalments which doctors set up to pay their annual retention fee (ARF) on a monthly or quarterly basis (£8). Doctors won’t be charged if they pay their ARF in a single transaction by direct debit or debit card. 

In addition, a small administrative charge of £10 is to be introduced for doctors who want to change their status on the medical register (for example when they relinquish or restore their licence to practise). The exact date of the increase will be confirmed nearer the time. 

There will also be a fee increase from 1 February 2016 for both parts of the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test (taken by international medical graduates before they can join the medical register and practise in the UK). Anyone who books on or after this date will pay the new fee of £230 for Part 1 and £840 for Part 2. These fees may increase again in the future once the GMC has updated the second part of the test towards the end of 2016 (in response to the findings of its 2014 review).

The GMC has stated that it will continue to review all non ARF fees on a regular basis to make sure it continues to recover its costs. 

The Council has also agreed the fees for a new assessment (£1100) and the existing annual return (£250) that doctors will have to complete to revalidate if they don’t have a connection to a responsible officer or suitable person. The fees will take effect from 18 January 2016. Those affected, will receive more information about the new assessment in the coming weeks. 

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