Doctors: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 21st May 2020.

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Photo of Martyn Day Martyn Day Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Public Health and Primary Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to waive General Medical Council registration fees for doctors that are working in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Martyn Day Martyn Day Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Public Health and Primary Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to waive General Pharmaceutical Council registration fees for (a) pharmacists and (b) pharmacy technicians that are working in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Martyn Day Martyn Day Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Public Health and Primary Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to waive Health and Care Professions Council registration fees for all allied health professionals that are working in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The General Medical Council (GMC) is the statutory independent regulator of medical practitioners in the United Kingdom and is responsible for operational matters concerning the discharge of its statutory duties. The GMC’s regulatory activities are primarily funded by annual registration fees, currently set at £406 per year for a full registration with licence to practise.

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is the independent regulator of Pharmacies, Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians in Great Britain. The GPhC’s regulatory activities are primarily funded by annual registration fees, currently set at £121 for pharmacy technicians and £257 for pharmacists per year.

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is the independent regulator of 15 professions in the United Kingdom, including paramedics, practitioner psychologists and occupational therapists. The HCPC’s regulatory activities are primarily funded by annual registration fees, currently set at £90 per year.

There are no registration fees for any healthcare professionals joining the GMC, GPhC or HCPC temporary emergency registers.

We have no plans to subsidise the annual registration fees of existing GMC, GPhC and HCPC registrants. However, we recognise the incredible work that healthcare staff are doing to support the collective effort to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak. As part of this, we will be engaging with staff and employers.

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