GMC set for £3.5m windfall after charging over-65s

The GMC is looking forward to a £3.5m windfall this year after it started charging almost 9,000 doctors over 65 for registration.

Five months into 2009, extra payments from retired doctors have already pushed the GMC's income up by £1.5m.

The fees windfall amounts to more than 4% of the GMC's annual £83.3m income.

The GMC scrapped exemption from its £410 annual registration fee for over-65s last year because it was breaching age discrimination laws.

It started charging around 8,900 doctors over 65 in January.

Dr Krishna Korlipara, a part-time GP over 65 and former member of the GMC, said it was ‘iniquitous' for a ‘premium fee' to be extracted from over-65s who are not practising.

He called on the GMC to look into a sliding scale based on income.

Doctors pay the GMC the full registration fee unless their income drops below £21,862. They are then entitled to a 50% discount.

A GMC spokesman said: ‘The additional income from doctors over 65 will be factored into the 2010 budget-setting process, and so it will be taken into account in determining future ARF (annual retention fee).'

  • Should the GMC be charging over-65s?
  • Read next week's GP dated 7 August for the full version of this story.


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