Pharmacists' professional fees climb 40%

Pharmacists will have to pay 40 per cent more to remain on the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain's register next year.

The RPSGB decided last week to increase the annual retention fee for pharmacists to £395 for 2008, from the £283 they had to pay this year.

The decision follows a consultation which took place over the summer and was the first of its kind undertaken by the RPSGP.

The society said the increased fees effective from January 2008 will help meet the costs of new regulatory procedures and a deficit in its pension scheme.

The good news for pharmacists is that the rise was not as high as expected. Indeed, the RPSGB had initially planned to increase professional fees by 50 per cent to £425 a year.

Commenting on the decision, society treasurer, Andrew Gush, said: “We recognise the impact of the fee change on members and have responded to the feedback by lessening the impact on those groups who may have found the increase most difficult. The fee increase is a necessary measure to ensure that the society can continue its work on behalf of the pharmacy profession and to invest in education, communications and practise support.”

Meanwhile, the registration fee for new pharmacists will increase from £137 to £191 instead of the £206 announced in July.

Comment below and tell us what you think

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Most children could be removed from shielded patient list, deputy CMO suggests

Most children could be removed from shielded patient list, deputy CMO suggests

Most children could be removed from the shielded patient list in a future wave of...

GPs can provide some care for shielded patients in clinical settings, NHS England confirms

GPs can provide some care for shielded patients in clinical settings, NHS England confirms

GPs can provide care to shielded patients in 'infection-controlled clinical settings'...

How digital assistants can help patients manage their health and wellbeing

How digital assistants can help patients manage their health and wellbeing

A project in Staffordshire has shown how practices can make use of digital technology...

Coronavirus: Key guidance GPs need to know about COVID-19

Coronavirus: Key guidance GPs need to know about COVID-19

GPonline provides an overview of the key guidance relating to coronavirus, including...

Fair death-in-service deal for locums vital before second COVID-19 wave, warns BMA

Fair death-in-service deal for locums vital before second COVID-19 wave, warns BMA

The government must do ‘the right thing’ and secure adequate death-in-service benefits...

GP workload fears over antibody testing rollout for 'no clinical benefit'

GP workload fears over antibody testing rollout for 'no clinical benefit'

GP practices are being contacted by patients asking for antibody tests as the government...