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GPhC confirms increase in renewal fees from July despite opposition

GPhC: New fee for pharmacists will still be below 2011 level
GPhC: New fee for pharmacists will still be below 2011 level

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has confirmed it is increasing its renewal fee for pharmacists by £7 to £257, despite opposition from 70% of pharmacy professionals.

It will also increase premises renewal fees by £21 to £262 and pharmacy technician fees by £3 to £121 from July, it announced on Friday (March 8).

The decision follows a consultation – which ran from November 2018 to January 2019 – in which 70% of the 5,409 pharmacy professionals and organisations responding disagreed with increasing the fees for pharmacists.

Furthermore, 66% of respondents disagreed with increasing the fees for pharmacy technicians and 51% opposed increasing premises fees.

“Some respondents called on the GPhC to demonstrate further efficiency savings, and for more flexible fee options to account for differences in income; for example, for people on parental leave or who work part-time,” the regulator said.

Chief executive Duncan Rudkin said: “Our role is to protect the public and give them assurance that they will receive safe and effective care when using pharmacy services.

“We have to make sure we have the resources necessary to carry out our regulatory functions effectively on their behalf.”

The new fee for pharmacists will still be lower than the 2011 level of £267, and marks the first increase since 2015, it stressed.

In its annual plan for 2019-20, the GPhC outlined ways it intends to “improve efficiency and effectiveness”, including the possibility of moving from its offices in Canary Wharf, London.

The Twitter reaction
5 Comments
Question: 
Do you think the renewal fees should increase?

Will Thornton, Student

70% disagreed with the increase in the 'consultation'

Ignoring Pharmacists as usual. At least the GPhC will have a larger lunch budget.

N O, Pharmaceutical Adviser

“We have to make sure we have the resources necessary to carry out our regulatory functions effectively on their behalf.”

So, the Canary Warf style of living (sorry working) environment is a must for public safety at a time of tremendous cuts to all sectors???

Geoff Ray, Community pharmacist

come on GPhC wake up. if we did not need to register we wouldn’t. What is the point of a consultation when 70% vote against it and they still ignore?

 

 

Aldosterone antagonist, Locum pharmacist

Hahaha 'consultation', more like a bypass stage

Joan Richardson, Locum pharmacist

Exactly - same as the trial for the new CPD!  Lip service with no notice taken of outcome or feedback!

 

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