Performance bill will give GMC new powers

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 25 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:759

Doctors in Britain who fall foul of new performance disciplines to be exercised by the General Medical Council (GMC) could face retraining costs of up to £22000, according to figures in the Medical (Professional Performance) Bill, now before the House of Commons. The government rejected advice from the GMC that it should bear the costs of retraining general practitioners. For doctors employed by the NHS, health authorities and trusts will decide whether to pay for retraining.

The financial memorandum to the bill states that an individual doctor may incur between £6000 and £22000 in remedial training costs. The cost to the NHS is put at up to £530000 a year. An extra £8 is expected on the GMC's annual retention fee …

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