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GPs face 9% increase in CQC fees

GPs face a 9% increase in CQC fees from next year under proposals by the regulator which will add around £60 to the bill of an average practice.

A consultation by the regulator recommends the increase, which will apply to all providers it regulates with the exception of dentists, in order to match the costs associated with the ‘costs of our new methodology’.

This will result in an overall £8.7m increase in fees received by the CQC, but it comes as GP leaders have criticised the new regime for inspecting GP practices, with a GPC official stating that he found 41 errors in his practice’s inspection report.

Practices with more than one location face a huge hike in fees, of up to £1,384 for the largest practices.

Practices incurred a 2.5% hike in fees this April in an attempt to recoup the ‘full cost of regulation from registration fees’.

But the regulator has said this year that the 9% increase from April ‘represents a figure that shows our intention of matching our increases to the costs of our new methodology, but which acknowledges that we will not be able to be certain of our actual costs until we are in a steady state of delivery’.

It adds: ‘Anything lower fails to realise the ambition of matching to this increased level of regulation. Anything higher would have been possible while obtaining the same outcome. However we would reach a point where this would be difficult to continue to justify. We believe that it is best to be prudent under these circumstances and so are suggesting an increase no larger than 9%.’

GP leaders attacked the decision.

Dr Richard Vautrey, deputy chair of the GPC, said: ‘It is completely unacceptable. Practices are losing income, expenses are rising and we can ill afford to lose a penny, especially not to pay for the rapidly increasing bureaucracy that is the CQC.’

Readers' comments (16)

  • So austerity doesn't apply to them then!

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  • just another nail in the coffin.

    Ivan, where are you?

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  • Staggering that we have to pay to be examined by an organization that is not fit for purpose?

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  • Lock up the tea, coffee and biscuits. if they want to come bugger them, don't offer even water that you pay rates for!
    Charge for facilities used too.

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  • There is no end to the insult that is the CQC.

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  • Only 9% increase - I thought politicians awarded themselves 11% increase.
    How are they exempt for austerity ?????

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  • Peter Swinyard

    two funding suggestions for CQC...
    [1] payment per life saved by inspection
    [2] payment linked to senior partner profit share change over last 4 years.
    So that's £0 or a 20% drop.
    Which would they prefer???

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  • Peter Swinyard

    GPs are the only NHS Doctors to have to pay for CQC inspection out of their own pockets. since the abolition of the Red Book, there is not even any delayed reimbursement through the expenses element in the GP contract.
    Would someone please explain why this is fair and reasonable?
    And who actually has control over the CQC or are they allowed to make up their own rules as they go along (within the legislation, clearly).

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  • Chris Kenyon

    Quite so Peter, it is beyond astonishing that we are expected to pay from our own pockets for this pointless ordeal. I have told them so in response to their "fee consultation" exercise.

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