'Massive unhappiness' was aired at a session for Associates in Training (AiTs) at the RCGP's annual conference in Liverpool last week at the cost of examinations and RCGP subscriptions, which can run into thousands of pounds.
The AiTs were concerned that their payments were subsidising the move to the RCGP’s new Euston headquarters in central London.
Leicester GP Dr Saqib Anwar, outgoing chairman of the RCGP’s AiT committee, explained after the meeting: ‘Our committee is working with RCGP treasurer Dr Colin Hunter to reduce costings as far as possible.
‘We’re also looking at different ways of making it more tax efficient. It can be quite distressing for people who are having to re-take the exam four or five times.’
Leicester GP registrar Dr Shiraz Makda said: ‘It’s a large amount of money to spend. You can claim subs back against tax but you can’t claim for the exam.’
There were 206 AiTs attending this year’s conference in Liverpool.