NHS Providers responds to Care Quality Commission fee structure for trusts
27 March 2019
- The changes to Care Quality Commission (CQC) fees for registered providers 2019/20 have been confirmed.
- This follows a consultation which ran between 25 October 2018 and 17 January 2019 on proposals for the fees that will charge providers of health and adult social care in England from 1 April 2019.
- Most NHS trusts and GPs, whose overall size is similar to last year, will see a small change to their fees because of the changes made to their fees structure last year.
- This is because each provider’s fee is calculated by looking at their size against the total size of the sector, both of which change year-on-year.
- CQC will increase fees for the community social care sector by £1.5m, increase fees for the dental sector by £0.6m, and will decrease fees for the residential social care sector by £0.8m.
Responding to the Care Quality Commission fee consultation response, the director of policy and strategy at NHS Providers, Miriam Deakin said:
“We are pleased to see that there are no changes to the fee structure for NHS trusts this year and support CQC’s ambition to charge fees as fairly as possible. However it is worth remembering that CQC fees for some trusts increased substantially last year.
We have encouraged CQC to put a ceiling on fees in the future to prevent them from rising to unsustainably large sums that do not necessarily equate to the cost of regulation.Director of Policy and Strategy
“We have encouraged CQC to put a ceiling on fees in the future to prevent them from rising to unsustainably large sums that do not necessarily equate to the cost of regulation.
“As the CQC is increasingly taking a targeted, risk-based and digital approach to inspections, trusts rightly expect to see stability in the amount paid year on year, and a reduction in fees over time.”