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GPhC targets Canary Wharf for new HQ

Business The prosperous East London area has been chosen as the future location of the GPhC from September but a specific site has not yet been selected

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has named London's Canary Wharf as the location of its future premises, which it will move into in September.


The regulator had not yet decided on a specific building but had identified the prosperous business district as its future location, it told C+D yesterday (February 3).


In addition to the cost of moving, the GPhC said it expected to pay total relocation payouts of up to £302,000 to help employees with temporary but additional expenditure such as higher travel costs, revealed papers released ahead of its council meeting on Thursday (February 6). It will also pay dual rent for its Canary Wharf and current Lambeth premises for a "certain period of time".


The regulator is also due to recruit more staff, taking its total recruitment costs to an estimated £200,000.


GPhC has chosen the prosperous east London financial centre as its location from September

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The GPhC said it was too early to say whether the new accommodation would cost more or less than the Lambeth headquarters, for which it pays nearly £500,000 a year to share with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS). The RPS set out plans to sell its part of the premises in 2012, prompting the regulator to start seeking alternative premises in London last February.


The RPS is due to leave the premises for its new headquarters at 66-68 East Smithfield, near Tower Hill underground station by May 2015, in a move estimated to save £400,000 a year in running costs.



Is Canary Wharf a suitable location for the GPhC?

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12 Comments

Chris Pharmacist, Community pharmacist

How about halfway between Coventry and Nottingham if only to save the P-medicine self-selection lobbyists travelling expenses.

Siraj Mohammed, Community pharmacist

move the headquarters to scotland its cheap as chips up here

the gphc are just shocking

Gavin Dobson, Academic pharmacist

If you think that staying in unnecessarily disgustingly opulent surroundings gives you the right to increase our membership fee then think again.
We're all having to tighten our belts - why shouldn't you?
This is sickening.

John Randell, Non Pharmacist Branch Manager

overheads nust be low

Stephen Eggleston, Community pharmacist

I wonder if financial mis-management would give rise to a FtP hearing?
Just a thought :)

David Kent, Community pharmacist

couldn't they find anywhere dearer? I suppose when your spending other peoples money expense is of no concern.

"The GPhC said it was too early to say whether the new accommodation would cost more or less than the Lambeth headquarters"

Huh? isn't this kind of important? Isn't it the first thing you would check in the event of a move?

The fees I pay the GPhC are a sizeable chunk of a month's rent. When I last moved, I took that outgoing into account when deciding whether or not I could afford my current flat.

I find it kind of insulting that The GPhC don't appear to be doing the same with the money that I give them.

MESUT OZIL,

Mrs Johnson, it's Donovan
"The fees I pay the GPhC are a sizeable chunk of a month's rent. When I last moved, I took that outgoing into account when deciding whether or not I could afford my current flat."

If you can't afford your current flat, either move out or work extra hours -
Stop moaning !! Worse than the Mrs Ozil

Just.. wow.

What a professional you are.

Pankaj Sodha, Community pharmacist

Why not move out of London and save a lot of money

MESUT OZIL,

Why not move out of London and save a lot of money?

ANSWER:
Alot of londoners believe the World ends after the M25......

Farmer Cyst, Community pharmacist

I hope our overlords have really opulent surroundings so they can feel good whilst selling out on professional standards to the interests of large multiples. I also hope that some of my membership fee goes to paying for really high quality lunches for the people who strike off lowly serf Pharmacists for allowing themselves to be bullied by their area manager into committing fraud which in no way benefits the fraudster. That way I can KNOW they are making the right decision.

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