GMC to freeze certification fees

The GMC is to freeze certification fees for trainees at 2009 levels for a year after it merges with the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMetB).

Peter Rubin
Peter Rubin

The cost of obtaining a certificate of completion of training will be held at £805, and the cost of an alternative certificate of eligibility at £1,905.

The decision will come as a relief to trainees who have borne successive fees hikes in recent years.

Fees will be frozen at 2009 levels for 2010/11, the GMC says.

The GMC merger with the PMetB in April 2010 will generate £500,000 in savings this year.

GMC chairman Professor Peter Rubin said: ‘I am pleased the immediate economies of scale can be passed on. This is the first time fees have not been increased.’

The freeze will cost the GMC between £1-2m next year. But the DoH for England has agreed in principle to underwrite the cost.

The decision is only a short-term measure. Professor Rubin said that the newly merged body would take a year to look at what the fee structure should be.


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