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HCPC launches consultation on HCPC registration fees

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by NewsBot, Mar 27, 2015.

  1. NewsBot

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    HCPC launches consultation on HCPC registration fees
     
  2. W J Liggins

    W J Liggins Well-Known Member

    Marc Seale, HCPC’s Chief Executive and Registrar said:

    “We are very aware that our costs are funded entirely from the fees our registrants pay.


    Does this mean that if the registrants decide they don't want to pay, there can be no increase in registration fees? If this is the case then I vote NO! The registrants are not here to fund yet another parasitical QUANGO (the PSA) in addition to the HCPC, so they can go back to the government and tell them!

    Bill Liggins
     
  3. Peter

    Peter Well-Known Member

    Ha! Everyone they ask will say no, so expect an increase then!
     
  4. W J Liggins

    W J Liggins Well-Known Member

    Too true Peter. This 'consultation' is simply politico talk for 'We have decided, now we will pretend to consult people so we can't be accused that we have decided!'. Did you also note the insulting familiarity of 'our' registrants and the use of the royal 'we'?' Anyone would think that 'we' (the registrants) did not pay the wages of these people, and the no doubt large pension they will receive, so that when retired they can live fatly, as they have become accustomed to in expensive London, whilst the registrants eke out a poor life.

    Bill
     
  5. blinda

    blinda MVP

    Indeed. The extra-ordinarily high fees charged by the members of the Queen`s Council, that they choose to represent them on matters dealt with at a Magistrates Court level, are passed on to the registrant. This particular type of barrister is usually only appointed for the most complex and serious court cases at the High Court and their specialist skills are reflected in their very high charges. Anyone remember this statement by the HPC in 2010?

    4.25 The HPC feels their legal framework is sufficient and that there are no barriers to pursuing prosecution. However, the HPC recognise that the threshold for pursuing prosecution is high and the cost of pursuing prosecution without the realistic prospect of success is an inappropriate use of registrant fees. In addition, the HPC believes it is important to note, ‘that any fine imposed by a Court is not received by the HPC and that any costs order is highly unlikely to cover the costs of preparing the case.’ - Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (now PSA) Professional Standards Document, February 2010.
     
  6. jonnorthants

    jonnorthants Member

    Consultation? I m sure I won t be asked if I was I would tell them to cut their fees...
     
  7. hannah999

    hannah999 Member

  8. blinda

    blinda MVP

    Not really. That survey was with regard to educational courses approved by the HCPC and closed on 7th December 2012.
     
  9. hannah999

    hannah999 Member

  10. blinda

    blinda MVP

    Thanks for the link Hannah. Note that the deadline for responses for this survey is 6 May 2015. So, please DO take the time to complete it.

    Here`s my perspective, taken from the intro of the survey;
    Read; Oops, if we had known that we (the HCPC) would have to fund some of our own activities, then maybe we wouldn`t have instructed an expensive QC to represent us in a desperate attempt to demonstrate our `powers` in trying to prosecute a well respected podiatrist whose practice has never been called into question…Hang on. Let`s make the registrants pick up the bill – they wouldn`t dare question us…
    Unless you are a registrant that;
    Read; Hey! This FtP malarkey is great revenue! Let`s smack up the "restoration to the Register" by 192.5% (no-one will realise that this is ever-so-slightly more than the declared 12.5%) so we can offset what the expensive QC`s invoice us for, in addition to ensuring our own pockets remain heavily lined….

    A 12.5%, or 192.5%, increase in registrant fees? Really? No other government, or other service provider would have the audacity. Maximum increase for most providers is 5%. Who do we voice our concerns to? The HCPC helpfully provide this info above, "The PSA oversees the HCPC and the other eight independent UK statutory regulators of health and care professionals. "

    Don`t forget to voice your concerns about the HCPC to their governing body - the PSA

    http://www.professionalstandards.org.uk/regulators/overseeing-regulators
     


  11. If the snooper-droppers at Kennington Park read this you'll be getting one of their close inspections of the weird kind where someone drops in unannounced and inspects your fingernails and knicker-elastic before asking you to recite the standards of proficiency backwards whilst standing on your head. Always good for a laugh. Especially if you;re not wearing knickers.
     
  12. blinda

    blinda MVP

    I reckon they already have my number, Mark. I haven`t written anything here that I haven`t stated in the comments section on the survey, or via email.

    Seriously, the survey should completed by as many pods as possible. One of the many comments I made on the proposed increase from £200 to £585 for `restoration to the Register` included;"In view of the proposed increase of fees by 192.5%, registrants can only assume that the HCPC plan to carry out additional measures to ensure that registrants who are previously struck off the register as `unfit for practice` are safe to practice after 5 years. Please advise which strategies you will employ to do so."
     
  13. W J Liggins

    W J Liggins Well-Known Member

    Thanks Hannah & Bel.
    My answer to Question 12 'How can we improve the consultation process' included the statement that 'The people who pay for the organisation should be polled rather than consulted. The registrants may then feel that they have at least some sort of input into what they are paying for'. May I respectfully suggest that registrants should consider including a similar statement.

    Bill Liggins
     
  14. Wendy

    Wendy Active Member

    I only have a few hours left to be able to re register....then I will be able to make my views known, although those that know me know exactly what I think of the HCPC ;)
     
  15. NewsBot

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  16. An increase in income of +£3m each year.....it's a big trough these days.
     
  17. blinda

    blinda MVP

    So, the "consultation" revealed that 92% of registrants objected to the increase, yet they have decided to ignore our views and go ahead with the increase anyway. Nice.
     
  18. Don't fear - I'm sure the HCPC are sh!tting themselves in case the Society and Institute start High Court proceedings on behalf of their members....
     
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