With the latest business plan from the General Medical Council (GMC) outlining the regulator’s commitment to continuing to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its operations, doctors could see a welcome further drop in the fees they pay in 2013 and 2014.
Efficiency savings of more than £8 million in 2011 enabled the GMC to announce last December that it was cutting its annual retention fees for the first time in 40 years. Consequently, from April 2012, doctors holding registration with a licence to practice will pay £390, while those without a licence will be charged £140.
At the time of the announcement, GMC chief executive Niall Dickson commented on the importance of passing on efficiency savings to individual doctors. This was emphasised in the 2012 business plan, which said that achieving further efficiencies in 2013 and 2014 would be “key to freezing or further reducing the fees doctors pay to the GMC in the medium term”.
The GMC plans to save between three and five percent in 2012 through modernising its adjudication procedures and seeking to use lean principles in its major work programmes.
To achieve further efficiency gains going forward, the Council will become smaller and more board-like from 1st January 2013.