BMA appeals GMC fee rise

The BMA is appealing to the High Court to stop GPs over the age of 65 being charged to remain on the GMC's register.

The GMC plans to abolish the exemption from the Annual Retention Fee (ARF) for doctors aged over 65. This would mean paying a fee of £390.

The BMA is currently applying for a judicial review in October to prevent the changes from going ahead. It is advising GPs over 65 to wait until after the review to decide whether to pay the fee.

A BMA spokesman said: ‘The BMA regrets that we have been forced to pursue this course of action, but we feel it is necessary to do so on behalf of the thousands of retired doctors who have given many years of service to the NHS.’

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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