GPs face ‘scandalous’ 76% hike in CQC fees from 2017

Bostock, N. GP Online. Published online: 20 October 2016

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CQC fees could rise by £2,000 for a GP practice of average size from 2017 under proposals from the watchdog to increase charges levied from GPs sharply for the second year running.

Figures released by the GPC show that an average-sized GP practice with between 5,001 and 10,000 patients could see CQC fees rise from £2,574 in 2016/17 to £4,526 in 2017/18 – a 76% increase.

GP leaders have condemned the proposed increase in fees for practices as ‘scandalous’, and said plans to drive up fees at a time when the CQC has pledged to scale back inspections on practices was ‘inexplicable’.

The proposed rise comes just a year after the CQC tripled the annual fee it charges GP practices as part of a bid to reduce its reliance on central government funding and move towards recovering a greater proportion of costs from providers.

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