- Posted Monday March 13, 2017
Controversial regulatory body the CQC is raising fees by up to 76% for GP practices from April 1st. However, practice managers will be relieved to hear that the money will be reimbursed by CCGs following negotiations around the latest GP contract.
This is the second time in two years that the CQC has increased its fees so radically, with the amount to be paid by practices depending on how many registered locations you have, as well as the number of registered patients.
The huge increases are a result of the government’s insistence that regulating bodies which set fees must make back their costs via the income generated by those fees.
As FPM reported last month, CQC fees will be reimbursed directly to practices this year and will form part of your practice’s next regular payment. Don’t forget though, you’ll need to submit a paid invoice to your CCG or NHS England to make sure that you get the money back.
Although there is a feeling of relief that the fees will be reimbursed, the scale of the increase remains a contentious topic. GPC Deputy Chair Dr Richard Vautrey told GP Online: “(Reimbursement) will shield GP practices from the financial impact of these increases… (but) it is still unacceptable that limited resources are being diverted away from frontline care.”
The CQC website has a ‘fees calculator’ that you can use to work out the cost of your practice’s annual fee.