Labour MP Attempting to Introduce Motion To Halt HCPC Fee Rise

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Published: 18 Jun 2015      

David Anderson, who is a Labour MP, is currently working on gaining the support that he needs to submit a motion for debate in the House of Commons that would argue against a recent proposal for a fee increase by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

The HCPC, which is a regulatory body that works with a large number of healthcare, social and psychological professionals, has announced that it is currently considering a 12.5% increase to the fees payable to be a member of the organisation.

The motion to prevent the fee increase is already gaining some support, with five other MPs also pledging their names alongside a growing list of others who are aiming to prevent the fee hike.

Their main argument is that the attempt to increase fees follows directly from a 5% increase that members had to incur in 2014 and also breaches a promise to not increase the fees again until 2016.

The motion also notes that such an increase would affect more than 330,000 workers, many of whom have had to endure pay freezes and other issues that would make paying such an increase unfeasible.

Specifically the motion makes the following comments: "these…workers have suffered five years of pay freeze and pay restraint; understands that the overwhelming majority of respondents to a consultation by HCPC were against such a massive increase… is astonished that HCPC ran a surplus of £1.3 million and increased its general reserves by nearly £1 million in 2014 but is pressing ahead with little public and no parliamentary scrutiny."

The motion not only calls for debate on the issue in the House of Commons, but also asks the HCPC to delay any action that they might be considering until a consultation with the Health Select Committee to determine the best course of action.

It also asked the organisation "to reduce the costs of unwarranted investigations and hearings before raising fees and to protect registrants in future from fee increases that exceed registrants’ annual pay awards."

At the moment the motion is considered an 'Early Day Motion' which means that it has simply been submitted for debate in the house. The only way that debate can happen is if the motion achieves enough support from fellow MPs.

As such, if you are opposed to the increase in fees then please take the time to contact your MP and ask them to consider adding their name to the list of supporters for EDM 41 - Flat fee levy on health professionals. At the very least this will allow for the issue to be brought to the Commons, where there is a chance that the fee rise will be delayed until next year.

 

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