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16 August 2002  
 

 

 

300% FEE HIKE IDEA FOR HEALTH WORKERS OPPOSED BY AMICUS

 

Amicus is to step up its campaign against the proposal by the Health Professions Council to hike registration fees by as much as 300% from 1 April 2003.

The proposal is contained within a consultation document to which the HPC is seeking comments by 30 September 2002.

Amicus has written to Health Secretary, Alan Milburn detailing its concerns. Whilst Amicus is committed to the rationale for the HPC, our members do not understand why practitioners have to pay for its newly expanded role.

In addition, the budgetary assumptions underlying this proposed hike of between 200 and 300% is not open to critical examination. This is important because the former Chairman of the General Teaching Council described the budget set on the formation of that body as a "joke".

Amicus Head of Health, Roger Spiller said: ‘I am used to a steady e-mail traffic but the number protesting about this proposed hike almost bought my server down! When committing Amicus to oppose this proposal I am conscious that many of these staff are part-time and some low paid. The proposed fee is a tax on work."

Amicus is co-ordinating claims across the Pay Review Bodies and Whitley Councils for reimbursement of any fee through the pay system.

Colin Adkins, Amicus Health Section Research and Policy Officer said: ‘On the formation of the General Teaching Council, the teaching unions raised with the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) the issue of the registration fee who, after deliberation, added a sum to cover the fee and National Insurance on top of the basic uplift.

This amount is now consolidated into the basic rate and will be revised automatically in line with STRB recommendations. If it is good enough for the teachers then it is right for health professionals.’

Amicus is producing campaign materials to help members demonstrate their opposition to the HPC proposal.

Roger Spiller said: ‘Clearly the HPC has important work to carry out and needs to be adequately funded, but they should not see our members as a docile income stream. Unless they put more thought into this proposal I cannot rule out a boycott of paying the fee because feelings are running that high. This will launch the HPC in a very unfortunate light.’

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The CPHVA - the UK’s third largest nursing union - represents health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses, district nurses and nursery nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is a professional section of the Amicus trade union

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