The Daily Mail today announces that NHS England is starting to get to grips with the issue of GPs breaching their contracts by using 0844 numbers.
We hope this will be the start of a long delayed effort to ensure that all GPs are swiftly moved to compliance, as well as simply preventing further breaches.
We are pleased to note that HMRC has begun the process of moving over from 0845 to 03 numbers by "the end of the summer".
This HMRC news release covers the first phase of this operation, which was completed on schedule.
Ofcom and the Big Question
Ofcom has now announced the details of the "unbundled tariff". We await the reaction that will follow when this is finally confirmed (following a necessary brief period of consultation).
We are pressing "The Big Question" to see if this will lead to companies abandoning the imposition of "Service Charges" or if they will be prepared to declare them.