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CQC confirms GPs will pay 9% increase in fees this year

The CQC has announced a 9% increase in fees for GP practices from April, expected to add around £60 to the bill of an average practice.

The regulator said the rise would allow it to ‘recover the costs from its new way of regulating health and adult social care’ across the country.

But the GPC condemned the decision, which has been taken after a public consultation last year and approval from health secretary Jeremy Hunt and which will see the CQC hike fees for all providers except dentists.

In 2014 practices incurred a 2.5% hike in fees, which the CQC said would recoup the ‘full cost of regulation from registration fees’.

CQC chief executive David Behan said the new fee rise would add around £60 to the bill of an average practice but promised that the body was ‘determined to deliver on its value for money’.

He added that the CQC would introduce the option for providers to pay by instalments and by direct debit later in the year.

He said: ‘We understand that the increase in fees is happening at difficult economic time for many providers but we hope that they, and importantly those who use their services, are seeing the benefits of our inspections, which allow us to identify where improvements are needed and to celebrate what services are doing well.

‘We are determined to deliver value for money by being an efficient and effective organisation.’

But GPC deputy chair Dr Richard Vautrey said: ‘It is extremely disappointing that the views of 80% of the respondents to the consultation have been ignored and GP practices will be facing yet another increase in CQC fees. This will be a further financial blow to GP practices just weeks after the DDRB failed to act on the rising cost of GP practice expenses in their recommendations.

‘These separate squeezes on GP budgets at a time of rising patient demand will inevitable reduce resources available for patient care. The CQC should re-evaluate this decision and actually listen to the opinions expressed in the consultation.’

The news comes as the CQC’s ‘tough’ new inspection regime and policy of publishing pre-inspection risk ratings for practices have been criticised by GP leaders.

Meanwhile, all GP practices will be required to ‘prominently display’ their CQC ratings from April this year.

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Readers' comments (16)

  • Peter Swinyard

    Just bizarre that this out-of-control quango can raise its fees irrespective of affordability and ability to pay to fund its self-serving and high handed holier-than-thou "tough" inspection regime.
    Anyone who was wise enough to attend the Pulse Live show in London last week may have been struck by the totally OTT trade stand of the CQC, with beautiful colour-coded purple perspex counter and large touchscreen (about 42") and a couple of imbedded iPads.
    I asked them the cost of the stand and they "didn't know" - so I have asked them to let me know. When they aske dme why, I said that I, with my colleagues, were paying for it. Quite a contrast to the modest Family Doctor Association stand opposite - but then you choose to be a member of the FDA and it only costs you £100 a year - but you have no choice about the CQC.
    Then an FOI request if they don't come clean.
    In the interests of transparency, you know...

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  • 1.16% for GPs wasn't it?

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  • worth every penny.

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  • Remarkable that organisations who were regulators when large numbers of people died (eg Mid Staffs 1,000 plus and Harold Shipman, GMC circa 200 plus deaths) have not been dispanded and the people in them have not served lengthy prison sentences. Instead, the response has been to allow failing organisations that have put patient safety at risk to increase the size of their scope and powers. Government response has been to increase regulation on what is already the most heavily regulated medical profession in the world.

    The CQC is yet another quango feeding off the back of the medical profession. Perhaps the doctors in it rather than being cynical are opportunists. This is a cash cow or cushy retirement job for these people rather than helping out their desperately stretched colleaugues on the front line.

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  • And well done Peter Swinyard. At least the people signing off the huge cheques and wasting other people's money may have to stop and think for a minute. Perhaps a little comparison of the cost of the stands would be interesting.

    The wages of people at the GMC and their substantial private medical insurance costs (again off the backs of the medical profession) and those in the CQC would also make intereresting reading.

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  • I dont understand why the BMA our unioin doesnt stand up for us and tell all GPs NOT to pay this extortionate increase. that is what they are there to do support us !. We should all just refuse to pay it until they reduce it to at least the 1.16% uplift that we have been given

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  • Nhsfatcat

    Another nail in the coffin. The CQC keep having mission creep so need to fund themselves further. I agree with Peter's assessment of the stand at Pulse Live- ridiculous.
    Robert, I think the BMA is overlly weighted to hospital medics and the GPC is small in comparison and cannot act without the BMA as a whole. GPs need their GPC to split from the BMA and start representing us.

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  • funny how GPs are the only "independent" contractors that cannot abide by the fundamental tenet of supply and demand - setting their own renumeration.

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  • CQC need to be regulated by some one. 9% is radiculose rise. cqc need to be funded by govt , not gp's.
    if it was 90% increase would you pay?. gp's must oppose it like poll tax. non co-operation in payment.

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  • Vinci Ho

    You paid to get your ar*e whipped. What do you call that?
    Fifty Shades of CQC

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