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CQC is a 'bloated bureaucracy', says BMA

The BMA has called the proposed increases in CQC inspection fees ‘exorbitant’ and ‘inexplicable’, warning that they would threaten the existence of small GP practices.

In its response to the consultation on CQC fees, the BMA has said that the Government is ’mercilessly raiding a budget, purportedly ringfenced for frontline services’ by making NHS providers pay the full cost of fees to the CQC.

It also calls the CQC 'an increasingly bloated bureaucracy with little focus on value for money or analysis of the real performance indicators linking cost to quality outcomes.’

This comes as the GPC launched a