GMC consults on revalidation plans

The GMC has launched a consultation on its proposed licensing regulations which include a new compulsory £410 licence to practise.

Sir Graeme Catto
Sir Graeme Catto

This is only a small increase compared to the current registration fee GPs have to pay every year.

Before issuing the new licences that will become a legal necessity for every working doctor this autumn, the Council is asking for doctors' views on its plans.

The licence to practise and specialist certification will form the twin pincers of revalidation.

Every doctor who wants to work in the UK must have a licence as well as GMC registration, paid under a single fee.

Doctors working in research, management, journalism and education can choose to be licensed but don't have to be.

The annual GMC fee for unlicensed doctors is expected to be between £164 - £246.

Doctors must re-apply for a licence to practise every five years under revalidation by showing basic competence through toughened-up appraisals and an independent 360-degree (multi-source) feedback as well as an absence of concerns.

Doctors have until 21 April 2009 to submit their views on whether the GMC's proposals are ‘clear, fair, straightforward and in the public interest' GMC chairman Sir Graeme Catto said.

Participants can respond to the consultation on the GMC website.

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