Fillers One hundred years ago

The finances of the General Medical Council

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 30 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1591

We appear to be approaching—if, indeed, we have not already reached—the position in which we must realise that the income of the Council must be permanently increased if it is efficiently to carry out the work which it is created to do. At the present time the chief sources of income of the Council—speaking of that body and its Branches as a whole—are the fees paid for the insertion of names on the Medical Register. The average number of names inserted on the Register in the five years 1890–94 was 1,426, the average number in the five years 1895–99 fell to 1,324. The question therefore arises whether it may not be necessary to impose an annual registration fee in place of the present system of a single initial payment. There are not wanting analogies in other professions for such an impost, and indeed the principle was proposed to be embodied in the Bill to amend the Medical Acts drafted by the Subcommittee of the Parliamentary Bills Committee of the [British Medical] Association. (BMJ 1901;i:354)

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