Attached is the expected bad news from CQC following its consultation on fee rises, and copied below is a BMA press release in response. Ignoring the responses to the consultation CQC is ploughing on with raising its fees to ensure “full cost recovery” from practices of its regulation processes over just two years rather than four. Practice fees in April will more than triple, and expect a further massive rise next April if GPC does not manage to get this ridiculous and damaging system abolished.
BMA Press Release: Immediate Release: Wednesday, 30 March
BMA calls for CQC to halt "unacceptable" fee increases
Responding to proposals from the Care Quality Commission to increase fees for GP practices, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA GP committee chair said:
“The CQC’s proposed rises are wholly disproportionate and unwarranted. These increases will see a significant rise in fees for GP practices at a time when many are under intense, unsustainable pressure from rising patient demand, falling resources and staff shortages. The planned changes show the CQC has completely ignored the vast majority of responses to its consultation and its announcement today makes a mockery of the whole exercise.
“GPs have long since lost confidence in a cumbersome, time consuming CQC process that has been beset by U-turns and mismanagement, including the withdrawal last year of part of the inspection programme which ludicrously allocated ratings to practices before inspectors had even arrived at the practice. A recent BMA survey found that eight out of ten GPs felt that preparing for inspections reduced the time they spent caring for patients, while three quarters felt that the entire process made them more likely to leave general practice altogether2.
“At present there is little evidence that the public is benefiting from this over bureaucratic and expensive system. The CQC needs to listen to grassroots GPs and the BMA’s response to its consultation and reverse these unacceptable proposed increases.”
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