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GPhC announces freeze on fees

GPhC: Identifying areas where it can save money

The regulator says it will reduce its operating costs so it can keep fees for pharmacists and technicians at the current level

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has committed to freezing registrants’ fees for the coming year.

Fees for 2016-17 will remain at £250 for pharmacists, £118 for technicians and £241 for premises, the regulator announced yesterday (February 4).

Last year, the GPhC defended its decision to raise its fees for pharmacists and technicians by £10, despite 60% of respondents to a GPhC consultation "disagreeing or strongly disagreeing" with the increase.

GPhC chief executive Duncan Rudkin said yesterday that the regulator plans to reduce its operating costs in order to keep fees at the current level, despite a “continuing growth” in the number of fitness-to-practise cases it deals with.

The GPhC is currently conducting an efficiency and effectiveness review, which will identify areas to save money, it said in its budget and fee proposals, also published yesterday.

The regulator will reassess its fees at the start of next year. Any proposed changes will be subject to consultation, it stressed.



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Well I have to admit that maybe, just maybe, the GPhC has realised how tough things are for pharmacists at present. A rise would have been crassly insensitive as well as inappropriate. If however the GPhC is truly looking at ways to economise they need to review the expensive London HQ. The last defence was insulting to all those who pay professional fees "we need to stay where we are to retain the best staff". This implied the whole shebang exists primarily for the benefit and convenience of its employees

P M, Community pharmacist

its actually re hashed excuse the bankers gave for giving huge bonuses... copy and paste

bilal hussain, Community pharmacist

It always frustrates me that pharmacists have drawn the short straw and have the most inefficient bodies representing/working with us.

Sami Khaderia, Non healthcare professional

brother bilal....get out of the profesion whilst you can...dont expect things to get any better 

Ben Merriman, Community pharmacist

A six percent cut would have been nice...

Nat Mitchell, Community pharmacist

That would have been a nice gesture Ben.  Expect them to go up if the worst happens and there's a large drop in premises and registrant fees.

Dave Downham, Manager

You beat me to it...

Ben Merriman, Community pharmacist

I'm a pharmacist, I always do things just to get the better of other pharmacists.  Isn't that right, Sami/Mesut/Kevin/whatever you're calling yourself this week?

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