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01.03.16

DH decision to allow CQC fee rise ‘regrettable’ - NHS Providers

The announcement that the government will give the Care Quality Commission (CQC) powers to press ahead with controversial fee increases has been described as “regrettable” by NHS Providers.

The final report on the Department of Health consultation admits that the majority of respondents were opposed to the proposal to increase fees from mid-sized NHS trusts and foundation trusts, and wanted the CQC to become more transparent. 

The consultation report says that it will recommend to Parliament that the increased fees are introduced from 1 April 2016, with the caveats that the CQC should demonstrate that it is becoming more efficient and provides value for money. However, it will not extend the CQC’s fee raising powers in other areas.

Miriam Deakin, NHS Providers head of policy, said: “It is regrettable that despite a consensus of opinion across respondents to the consultation, government will be proceeding with these proposals in order to enable the CQC to move to a model of full cost recovery.”

NHS Providers CEO Chris Hopson warned last year that raising the fee, which will see some providers face near seven-fold increases, represented a significant cost for NHS trusts at the same time as they are facing financial pressures, with 179 out of 240 providers running a deficit.

The potential rise, which could see NHS trusts’ fees increase by 75% over two years and GP’s practices’ fees increase by 255%, were also opposed by NHS Clinical Commissioners and the British Medical Association.

They come at a difficult time for the CQC, after it was called ineffective in a damning recent Public Accounts Committee report.

Comments

Fraser   02/03/2016 at 12:33

We shouldn't be surprised. A burgeoning bureaucracy needs a lot of money. And watch out, as there doesn't seem to be anything to stop it making another big hike in fees next year etc!

Linda   02/03/2016 at 12:52

Can I suggest lobbying your individual MPs? We had ours in and the PRG made it very clear exactly what they thought of CQC fees. The fees increasingly translate to a fair chunk of an HCA and I think HCAs are of more use to patients. It is crackers. I do wonder what would happen if we all said NO, or how about getting on line petition -I understand once a petition on govt web site gets enough signatures it has to be debated- mobilise your PRG and everyone else. We have been waiting months for our report - I wonder how CQC would respond if I took months when they wanted info pre inspection? On the day they were very complimentary so I assume we are ok but certainly PRG want to know as do staff and Drs.

Simon   02/03/2016 at 13:43

To be made to pay thousands for something that we perceive as adding little or no value is galling. I think the BMA needs to coordinate action to protest this and reform the CQC

Lyn   02/03/2016 at 14:30

Local authorities have not announced their fee uplift yet, for all the residential and nursing home providers. Long overdue to be announced. And yet we have been hit with - living wage, pensions plus usual rises in costs annually - now CQC want more - if they carry on like this and they wont have anything or anybody to inspect. Predictions are:- small independent homes - 30 beds or under will disappear as did the under 20 beds a couple of years ago. Well done CQC.

Samantha   03/11/2016 at 14:45

Perhaps the CQC could make savings by not sending ridiculous numbers of inspectors when they visit. Is it really necessary to have six to eight inspectors to inspect an 8 bedroom clinic. This is a complete waste of taxpayers money and would be better spent by investing the CQC costs into the NHS and then maybe there would not be the problems that we have with the NHS. Maybe the reason they send so many inspectors is because it appears to us that they are novices and not experts within the speciality fields that they are inspecting. If the inspectors were expert the inspections could be done quicker and more efficient. As a small 8 bedroom clinc when we have 8 inspectors this overcrowds our unit and it is very difficult to be take care of our patients effectively and safely when they are inspecting. One last thing ... why does an 8 bedroom clinic pay the same in fees as a large NHS hospital.

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