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CQC proposes 9% fee increase for practices

15 October 2014

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Practices could be charged an additional 9% on their Care Quality Commission (CQC) fees, consultation documents reveal. 

For practices with 5,001 to 10,000 registered patients, the fee will increase by £60, to £725 per year. Practices with 10,001 to 15,000 patients will see an increase of £69 to £839 each year.  

If implemented, practices would have to pay the inflated fee from 1 April 2015. 

CQC spending has increased by £44 million this financial year through the costs of the new inspection regime. 

The new inspection regime was launched at the start of the month, and introduced OFSTED-style rating systems for primary care. 

A CQC statement said increased fees are the cost of developing a model that “everyone can have confidence in”. 

The statement reads: “The fees paid by providers, together with grant-in-aid from the government, are central to ensuring that CQC can carry out the job it is committed to delivering – registering and inspecting health and adult social care providers to make sure they provide safe, effective, compassionate and high-quality care, monitoring them to make sure they continue to do so, and taking action if they don’t.”