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From: Duncan Rudkin
Sent: 06 January 2020 14:21
Subject: RE: In confidence: advance notice of fees consultation
Thanks for your initial reaction; please do keep me in touch with any further queries and concerns that emerge as you work with colleagues to consider your response. Having updated the cost allocation model to reflect current operations we identified this significant gap between the fee paid by each pharmacy and the costs of regulating each one, using the calculations we have set out. The actual cost numbers involved are an open book, being our 18-19 costs. We are also fully seized of the need to continue to challenge the cost base overall and continuously improve our efficiency, which is a daily focus. Having said that, we appreciate that nobody is going to want to pay an additional £103 and the proposal will attract critical feedback. In answer to the “Why now?” question, I think having identified the gap we are bound to seek to close it so that pharmacy regulation can continue to be sustainable financially, as well as funded on an equitable basis. Let me know as the consultation proceeds if it might be helpful for me or other colleagues to attend any particular meetings.
I’ll look forward to seeing you soon.