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GPhC keeps registration renewal fees frozen for third year

Pharmacists will continue to pay £250 to renew their GPhC membership
Pharmacists will continue to pay £250 to renew their GPhC membership

Registration renewal fees will remain frozen for the third year in a row, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has announced.

The regulator’s governing council made the decision at a meeting yesterday (March 8) for “renewal fees for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises [to] remain at current levels for the 2018-19 financial year”, the GPhC said.

It means fees will remain at £250 for pharmacists, £118 for pharmacy technicians and £241 for registered pharmacies, the regulator confirmed.

Registration fees have been frozen at the current level since 2016, when chief executive Duncan Rudkin said the GPhC would reduce its operating costs in order to keep fees at their existing level.

What do you make of the GPhC's decision?

Jonny Johal, Pharmacy Area manager/ Operations Manager

Is Brexit and the possible departure of EU pharmacists going to have an effect; less income for the GPhC? UK pharmacists salaries may improve if that happens.

Leon The Apothecary, Student

It is my opinion that no-one really knows what affect Brexit is going to have on anything, because it's simply never been done before, however - the risk of the unknown certainly has its own repercussions.

Caroline Jones, Community pharmacist

With the number of Pharmacists on the register now.....that should be helping fill the coffers!  So they should keep them frozen, they are a disgrace!

Adam Hall, Community pharmacist

Given I have seen pay rises of 0%, increase in services from GPhC of 0%, I should hope they would freeze the renewal fee. We have to give DoH more "bang for its buck" - the same has to apply to GPhC 

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