Petition Make GMC a tax-payer funded organisation and not to be funded by doctors.

The GMC has been an independent regulatory body which has been funded by doctors paying Annual retention fees. However, given that the main aim of the GMC is to protect patients whilst regulating practice of doctors, the GMC should be funded by the tax-paying public and not by doctors, like the HSE.

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Following the recent events in relation to the GMC and overturning the MPTS decision, a significant proportion of doctors are finding it increasingly difficult to justify paying annual retention fees to an organisation whose primary remit is to protect patients. Therefore the tax-paying public, and not doctors,have to take responsibility for funding the GMC; similar to the Health and Safety Executive, which is not funded by organisations/employers yet are independent and have enforcement powers.

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The GMC sets standards for doctors, provides support to achieve them and takes action when they are not met. It is right that the cost of regulation is met by those professionals who are regulated.

The GMC is an independent organisation that regulates doctors in the UK, helps to protect patients and improve medical education and practice across the UK.

In doing so the GMC:
• decides which doctors are qualified to work in the UK and oversees UK medical education and training;
• sets the standards that doctors need to follow, and make sure that they continue to meet these standards throughout their careers; and
• Takes action to prevent a doctor from putting the safety of patients, or the public's confidence in doctors, at risk.

Doctors must pay a fee to register with the General Medical Council and an annual retention fee to remain on the register in order to practise as a doctor in the UK. The standard fee to join or remain on the register is £425, though this is reducing to £390 from 1 April 2018.

Managing Public Money allows certain public goods and services to be financed by charges rather than from general taxation: this includes registration by statutory regulators, such as the GMC.

Department of Health and Social Care

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