CQC fee plans unveiled
medwireNews: Newly registering GP practices will pick up half of the tab for regulation by the Care Quality Commission in their first year of registration, under proposed fees outlined today.
The CQC says it wants to recover 50% (£6 million) of the estimated costs of regulation in 2013/2014, moving towards full recovery in subsequent years.
The regulator is recommending fees are based on a combination of the list size and number of locations for each provider.
For practices at a single location, fees would range from £550 for those considered small (up to 5,000 registered patients) to £850 for large practices (more than 15,000 patients).
Fees range then range from £1,200 up to £15,000 for practices with more than one location.
The Commission is asking GPs to respond to a consultation on their plans either by post, email or online by Friday 21 December.
CQC Chief Executive David Behan said: "We must ensure that any fee we charge is fair and proportionate. We have set out six principles to guide how we will charge fees, while we move towards the Government's policy of full cost recovery from providers.
"In this consultation we are asking for views about our longer term fees strategy as well as seeking feedback on our proposals for revisions to our current fees scheme and extending it to primary medical services. The changes set out in this consultation demonstrate that we have listened to and acted on the views of service providers."
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By Caroline Price