Cough Up – Or Else!

Your cash or your registration

Once again those criminals, sorry, fine upstanding committee members of the HPC (HowTo Punish Carers) are proposing increasing our registration fees – again! Up to £70 -£72 p.a. – that’s a 20% increase; so that’s in line with inflation then. The proposal document (6 Nov 2006) is available here. I notice that maintaining the status-quo is not an option; it never is; we’re gonna pay up whether we like it or not. And what benefit do we get for this? Absolutely bugger all really.

For a hit list of those responsible see here.

So what do they do with all the money?
175,000 hostages members X £72 = £12.6 million quid!

1. Get you sacked: We take action to protect the public, which can include cautioning a registrant, placing conditions on their registration, suspending them from practice or, in the most serious cases, removing them from the Register.

2. Busy Doing nothing: We have worked hard over the last three years to increase public and professional awareness of our role. Where? How? L.O.B.

3. CPD – (what a joke this is) In June 2005 we agreed our standards for continuing professional development (CPD). Oh Yeah! who did you consult with then? – not the registrants that’s for sure.

4. Paying jumped up inspectors: We will be recruiting and training a number of CPD assessors from each profession who will assess the CPD profiles we receive. – these bozos can’t even work out what constitutes CPD so how are they going to ‘assess’ it?

5. Oh, and of course, like most government quangos they employ outside consultants. In developing our fee proposals we engaged PKF (accountants and business advisors) to look carefully at our costs and our forecasts for the coming years (I wonder how much of the £12.6 million PKF got?)

The document does have one piece of good news:

Registration fees are tax deductible for UK taxpayers and may be claimed by registrants on their tax return or on application to their tax office. – Hurrah!

There are three different ways in which registrants can claim back tax relief on their registration fees:

    • by providing details of the payment on their tax return;
    • by writing to their tax office, including their national insurance number and details of the payment; or
    • by obtaining form P358 from their local tax enquiry office and sending the completed form to their tax office.

Now I never knew that. I’ll be filling in my P358 ASAP and we should be able to back date it for a few years as well (I hope).

P.S. the rumour mill has it that EMTs and even EMDs may have to join the HPC as well. – so that’ll be another million or so in the coffers then. And, as ECParamedic sadly reminds us, he and I will soon have to pay twice, once as a Paramedic and again as an ECP.


8 Responses to Cough Up – Or Else!

  1. ecparamedic says:

    It gets worse Mag, they are travelling headlong into the separate registration of ECPs too. No-one seems to want to suggest what that is likely to cost.


  2. kevinmillhill says:

    Oh, Magwitch, you’ve fair brightened my day. When paramedic registration was made compulsory, the threat waved about by our management was that – if you didn’t register by (whenever) then you couldn’t do x,y,and z, and your pay would be affected accordingly. Paramedics want to be paramedics, and so do lots of ATs (EMTs). But there’s lots of hairy (or even hairless) aging ATs like me who don’t; the longest serving one I know has nearly 40 years in the job; please, please let management try to tell me – or, better still, him – that if we don’t pay into IHP’s protection scam we’ll not be permitted to (what exactly ?”You mean that, because I’m refusing to pay £umpty pa, I’m no longer qualified to do the job I’ve been doing since before you were born, sir?”). It could be entertaining.

  3. ecparamedic says:

    There is a directive or recommendation somewhere that any clinician dealing hands on with patients should be registered with a regulatory body.

    Naturally this seems to have less to do with protecting the public and more to do with raising funds, the first year of Paramedic reg was £17 IIRC, that has jumped to £60pa and I understand is going up to £70pa.

    Given that there are a few more paramedics in the UK than there are ECPs you can understand why the thought of yet another regulatory body fills me with dread.


  4. ecparamedic says:

    To be perfectly honest after the messing around and general wasting of resources I’ve had the last few months, I’m seriously considering dropping back to Para and saying to hell with it.


  5. Kingmagic says:

    The HPC is to my mind, a vast money making outfit.
    Before we, (Paramedics), became registered the HPC had an office above a Kebab shop next to a Taxi firm near the market and shared the facilities (one chemical toilet, a kettle, a battered parafin heater and took turns with the stapler) with Big Vern & Co. money lenders to the unwashed.
    Since then our remittance has gone up and up and up. And they have new swish offices with lots of shiny literature.
    They are also after employing an education officer….why?
    This outfit is designed so that the public can complain about us…because if they did,nt then they would not need to exsist.
    Some time ago my registration did not go through…even though they took my money out of my account!!! When I enquired, they said that they had not received my paperwork. I told them that I had posted it and that if they had not received it then I should have been informed.
    I was expecting some form of help/reassurance/sympathy from the HPC but I was made out to be a liar! I had to reregister with the palaver of getting a medical, references and putting a portfolio and C.V. together.
    They are totally unaccountable and we are paying through the nose for what???

  6. ecparamedic says:

    Exactly, what do we get? I could cope with swapping £17 a year to maintain a register, but as we head towards £70 a year (tax deductable or not) the only thing I see coming from the HPC is the opportunity to have my name blackened on a public website BEFORE any sort of professional hearing. Have you read the complaints section? Quite an eye opener


  7. Kingmagic says:

    Just got my HPC document in the post this morning.
    There does not appear to be any reference to what we get out of it. (Apart from closure of title).
    I just dont get it! We pay them for the privilage of them informing the public how to complain about us! And we have to prove to them that we know our jobs via CPD!
    It would not be so bad if they were sympathetic in dealing with us. But in my experience, and many others, they are rude, impolite, arrogant and totally unconcerned about OUR welfare! (ref my earliar post).
    Totally, totally pissed off with them.
    What will they do to make me change my mind?

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