Unite warns hike in professional regulator costs could drive workers out of the NHS
- Thursday 22 September 2022
Union calls for Health & Care Professions Council to `think again’ on proposed 20% jump in fees
Responding to the Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC) proposal today to raise registration fees from 2023, Unite, which represents over 100,000 health service workers, warned that this could well be the final straw for many professional NHS staff.
Unite national officer for the health service, Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe, said: “This proposal is completely tone-deaf. Where does the HCPC think that NHS professionals, already struggling to make ends meet, have the money to meet a 20 per cent hike in registration fees?
“This could well be the last straw for NHS professionals, who have had to endure years of wage attacks and now a punishing cost of living crisis that is further draining the value of their pay.
“I urge the HCPC to urgently think again about the message this rise in registration fees sends to our NHS workforce. Our NHS already has tens of thousands of vacancies. We urge the HCPC not to add to a recruitment and retention crisis.”
Unite will respond to the HCPC consultation and will be asking members what they think of the regulators’ plans.
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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.