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BMACQCJanuary 25 2016

Proposed Care Quality Commission fee increases for inspecting practices amount to a “raid” on NHS budgets and could undermine patient care, the BMA has warned. It says the CQC’s proposals are “exorbitant and inexplicable” and that the impact on overstretched NHS budgets could threaten the future of small GP practices.

Under the CQC’s proposals, single-location GPs with 5,001 to 10,000 patients would see a sevenfold rise from £725 to £4,839 in two years. At the other end of the scale, NHS trusts with turnovers of £125m-£225m would see a threefold rise from £78,208 in 2015-16 to £215,835 in 2017-18.

The BMA has responded to the CQC consultation on fee increases saying: “By forcing NHS providers to pay fees direct to CQC - masquerading as full costs recovery - the Government will no doubt assert a decrease in Department of Health spend, while in reality mercilessly raiding a budget, purportedly ring-fenced for frontline services.

“As the sole provider of system regulation and consequently with a monopoly and captive market, the CQC is an increasingly bloated bureaucracy with little focus on value for money or analysis of the real performance indicators linking cost to quality outcomes.”

Dr Mark Porter, BMA chair of council, said: “The CQC does not in any part of this consultation explain why these ridiculous rises are needed, especially when it is supposed to be scaling down an inspection regime that has been beset by setbacks and failures. Only last year the CQC had to abandon part of its programme which judged GP practices before inspectors even walked through the surgery’s doors.

“These rises cannot be allowed to go ahead as they amount to a raid on funding: in practice these proposals will cut budgets ear marked for patient care.”

Further describing the CQC proposals as “flawed”, he added: “The CQC needs to put a halt to this process and put forward a genuine consultation that leads to a cost effective system that is value for money for the taxpayer.”

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