BMA criticises PMETB fee rises

The BMA has criticised proposals from the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB) to increase its fees by up to 48 per cent.

Dr Hamish Meldrum
Dr Hamish Meldrum

Under the proposals, doctors in non-training posts would have to pay £1,850 for a Certificate of Eligibility for specialist or GP registration, an increase of 48 per cent.

The fee for junior doctors applying for a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) would rise from £750 in line with inflation.

Dr Hamish Meldrum, the BMA chairman, said: ‘It’s hard to see how these rises can possibly be justified. The government is apparently determined to keep down public sector pay at all costs – including the staging of pay awards – while disregarding the never-ending rises in fees charged by bodies like PMETB.’

A PMETB spokesman said the 48 per cent rise applied to only 20 per cent of applicants.

Consultation on the proposals closes on 30 January 2008. Feedback should be sent to jan.quirke@PMETB.org.uk.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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