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CQCApril 4 2016

Medical organisations have criticised the increase in Care Quality Commission inspection fees that came into effect on April 1. Following two sets of consultations, the CQC was given the go ahead to increase fees. It means the annual fee for 2016-17 for a single general practice with fewer than 5,000 registered patients is now £2,187.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA GP committee chair, said: “The CQC’s proposed rises are wholly disproportionate and unwarranted. These increases will see a significant rise in fees for GP practices at a time when many are under intense, unsustainable pressure from rising patient demand, falling resources and staff shortages.

“The planned changes show the CQC has completely ignored the vast majority of responses to its consultation and its announcement today makes a mockery of the whole exercise.”
Dr Nagpaul added that GPs have lost confidence in a “cumbersome, time consuming CQC process that has been beset by U-turns and mismanagement, including the withdrawal last year of part of the inspection programme which ludicrously allocated ratings to practices before inspectors had even arrived at the practice.”

He questioned whether the public is benefitting from the “over bureaucratic and expensive” inspection system, and called on the CQC to “listen to grassroots GPs and the BMA’s response to its consultation and reverse these unacceptable proposed increases.”

RCGP Chair Dr Maureen Baker warned the CQC fee increase would trouble GPs. “Feedback from our own members is that the current CQC inspection regime is already too burdensome and bureaucratic, and this hike in fees will only add to their worries,” she said.

“The Government has promised to address this and fully compensate practices, and we will be urging it to honour this commitment and extend it to future years ... this increase in fees over a shorter two year period is unacceptable and GPs will be livid that the consultation exercise was nothing more than lip service, and that their views have been blatantly disregarded.”

NHS Clinical Commissioners also raised concerns saying it was “disappointing” that the CQC had not taken on board the views of the vast majority who had taken part in the consultation.
Dr Steve Kell, NHSCC co-chair, said: “To then forge ahead with a two year repayment scheme despite the financial challenges that the whole system is currently facing and strong preference expressed for the four year option, only confirms some of the major concerns that our members had expressed about whether this was a genuine consultation process.

“We still remain concerned about the impact that the proposed fee increases will have on the services that our members commission for patients. Although there has been additional funding announced for GP practices to cover these fees, this money would be better spent on direct frontline patient care rather than supporting a regulatory regime that has yet to prove itself to be efficient in carrying out its statutory duties or effective in delivering meaningful improvements in quality.”

Links:

BMA statement

RCGP statement

NHSCC statement

CQC inspection fees

CQC ‘Regulatory Fees 2016-17’

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