CQC Inspection Fees
CQC are currently out to consultation around their fees for 2016/17 and their fee increases in future years.
Click here to see the BMA response to this.
As we predicted, CQC has revised the fees that all providers will have to pay from April 2015. The increase for 2015/16 is 9% - the impact of this is an increase of £69 for a general practice with 10,001 to 15,000 registered patients
In the summer, CQC will introduce the option for providers to pay by instalments and by direct debit, to help them manage their cash flows.
Dr Richard Vautrey, Deputy Chair of the BMA’s GP committee 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 inevitably reduce resources available for patient care. The CQC should re-evaluate this decision and actually listen to the opinions expressed in the consultation."
Following a consultation, the CQC has published updated fees that will be paid by providers from 1 April 2014 which equates to a 2.5% increase for general medical practices. This covers the cost of registration and inspection.
Providers of primary care medical services from one location will have their fee calculated based on how many patient they have registered.
For practices with under 5,000 patients, the fee is £565. Between 5,001 and 10,000 the fee is £666. Between 10,001 and 15,000 the fee is £770. And for practices with more than 15,000 patients the fee is £870. However, walk-in centres will have a flat of £870, regardless of the number of patients.
Practices with a number of locations also have varying fees (see table below). Please remember, a location is where the business is run from and not necessarily one or more branch surgeries. The vast majority of GP practice fees will be calculated using list size.