BMA Press Release: Immediate Release - 2 November - BMA criticises “wholly unjustified” proposals to increase CQC fees that could damage patient care

Date sent: Tuesday 3 November 2015

To All Thames Valley Practices

Issue date: 03.11.15

Please note below the GPC press release about CQC proposals to dramatically increase the cost to practices for being inspected by and registered with CQC.

 

Dr Paul Roblin

CEO BBOLMC

Tel: 07799116597 or 01628 475727

 

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From: BMA

Sent: 02 November 2015 14:51
To: BBOLMC

Subject: BMA Press Release: Immediate Release - 2 November - BMA criticises “wholly unjustified” proposals to increase CQC fees that could damage patient care

 

BMA criticises “wholly unjustified” proposals to increase CQC fees that could damage patient care

Responding to the release of proposals from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to increase their fees on GP practices almost seven fold, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA GP committee chair, said:

“GPs will be staggered at the consultation proposals from the CQC for an unprecedented increase in practice fees at time when many are struggling financially.

“These changes, if adopted, will see fees for GP practices increase seven fold and will lead to practices collectively paying £40 million a year for CQC's activity.  It is an inexplicable move given the CQC is itself reviewing its inspection programme with a stated aim of introducing a scaled down process with fewer inspections.

“The BMA had already called for end to the disproportionate, bureaucratic nature of CQC inspections, which currently has a focus on pointless box ticking that takes GPs and staff away from caring for patients. Requiring GPs to pay more for an imposed system they do not have confidence in adds insult to injury and will do nothing to repair the poor standing of the CQC with the GP profession at large. This significant financial burden could be the final straw for many GPs and practices with many already having to cope with swingeing cuts to their core budgets and escalating costs of keeping a practice open. These proposals could have a damaging effect on patient care by further shrinking practice resources for frontline services.

“While we understand and recognise that the government has indicated resourcing GP practices for this expense, this provides no assurance that the costs will be fully met, nor that it will be recurrently available.

“The BMA’s GP committee has been consistently raising concerns about this process in our discussions with the CQC and during the consultation we will robustly challenge these wholly unjustified and damaging proposals.”

You can read the CQC statement on their consultations and its proposals for GP practice fees here.

Ends

Notes to Editors

Contact

Paul Gadsby

BMA Senior Media Office

T: 020 7383 6165

E: pgadsby@bma.org.uk

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