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GPhC considering raising pharmacy premises fees by £103

GPhC: "We need fees that reflect the true cost of regulation"
GPhC: "We need fees that reflect the true cost of regulation"

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is consulting on proposals to increase pharmacy premises fees by more than £100.

Raising the fee from its current rate of £262 to £365 will “cover the full costs of regulating pharmacy premises”, the regulator announced this morning (January 7).

“We are proposing this increase now because we need a robust and sustainable financial framework with fees that reflect the true cost of regulation,” the GPhC said.

Fees for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will remain at their current levels of £262 and £121 respectively.

Pharmacy professionals can read the full consultation document and have until March 31 to respond.

This consultation marks the first phase of a “wider review of the GPhC’s longer-term fees strategy”, which will cover areas such as “longer fixed-term fees and flexible fee options (for those on parental leave, for example)”.

NPA “cannot support such a steep increase”

In a response to the proposed increase, the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) said it “cannot possibly support such a steep increase in fees for pharmacy regulation”.

The organisation questioned the GPhC “proposing to levy a big percentage increase at a time when community pharmacy finances are already under immense pressure”.

“The GPhC says it needs to cover its costs, however pharmacy contractors are bound to ask if the regulator is working as hard as pharmacies themselves to deliver efficiencies.

“We will now take soundings from NPA members and give our formal, detailed response to GPhC in March,” the NPA said.

Do you agree with the GPhC's proposed fees?

PARESH shah, Community pharmacist

After premises fees increase it will be the turn of pharmacists with the same excuse as it costs more to check revalidation. We are not stupid. We can read your mind. Get your act together like we have to. Oh, sorry I forgot this is a government body. They can do what they like.


D Change, Community pharmacist

Why would they increase the costs if they know our incoming profits are on the way down. Does our own body not understand the financial climate in which we find ourselves? Do they not want to work with us to help find a voice in the mess we have gotten in ? Instead they want to increase our outgoings presumably to ensure they can maintain their own costs at the hands of canary wharf? What's going on here?

Does the UK want pharmacy to become extinct. Surely looking that way by my eyes.

Caroline Jones, Locum pharmacist

Bet this is to cover a tasty wage increase for the royalty at the GhPhc, though we will never know by how much as that opaque body makes sure we never find out. They should publish full transparent accounts for us all to see that include wages, perks and costs like an honourable  professional body should. We have seen our wages fall in real terms over the last 10 years significantly  but they don't care and only seek to bleed us dry to bankroll their profligacy. .... let them eat cake is their philosophy.  Well we all know where that lead.

anti-depressed Pharmacist, Manager

Their workload should be less or the same with so many pharmacies closing or could that be the ture cause to the fee increase?

Navid Kaleem, Community pharmacist

Remind me again why the GPhC needed to move from Lambeth to Canary Wharf?

Is this an efficient organisation, is it in touch with its fee payers?

Does your head office need to be in London? Do you even need a head office - if so move it to Stoke-on-Trent so we can all enjoy a reduction in our fees.

Offcourse I trust this 40% increase won’t be imposed on I’m sure appropriate consultation will take place?





Greatly Pedantic and Highly Clueless, Senior Management

Not to worry. I'm sure the large multiples will "negotiate" a bulk discount. 

How High?, Community pharmacist

don't see how they can, registration is mandatory and it's not like they have another option......

John Urwin, Community pharmacist

And they do this after I rated their pharmacy inspection process a very generous ”Satisfactory”.

Boom Shakalaka, Locum pharmacist

An absolute disgrace from the pencil pushing thieves from GPhC.

Philip Wilkinson, Community pharmacist

Equates to 20 new inspectors, get them involved to sort the workload problem in most pharmacies. Every branch I work in has dispensers under extreme pressure and stress. GPHC take the lead now.

How High?, Community pharmacist

they're not bothered. They just "meaure against the standard and take appropriate action". That's why they've never had the nerve to advocate what they deem are "safe" staffing levels, they don't interpret, they don't advise and they are most definitely not going to support us in any meaningful way. I'd like to see them rolled up and the responsibility for policing us handed to the CQC. 

Richard MacLeavy, Non Pharmacist Branch Manager

I think the GPHC has caused this issue themselves. Since the introduction of revalidation lots of pharmacists and technicians have left the register and this has resulted in much less fee payers. I think it unfair to ask contractors to pay the cost of the GPHC's shortsightedness. 

Watto 59, Community pharmacist


Charles Whitfield Bott, Pharmacist Director

"we need a robust and sustainable financial framework with fees that reflect the true cost"

So do we, but we have a cat in hells chance of getting one.

Dodo pharmacist, Community pharmacist

Never mind the GPhC, all community pharmacies need a sustainable financial framework that supports the cost of the service. Unfortunately at the moment we are a million miles away from that. Increasing the GPhC fees will just push pharmacies closer to the financial abyss. Shame on you GPhC! Perhaps you could charge internet pharmacies more, who constantly push the boundaries of practice with online GP consultations that involve zero patient contact and prescribing of dubious quality. They need much more regulation, so should pay more.


How High?, Community pharmacist

And yet NPA membership with liability insurance is so much cheaper for an online pharmacy rather than a bricks and mortar establishment....

Farmer Cyst, Community pharmacist

God knows the online boys can afford it - selling 28x codeine 30mg for £40 a go.

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