CQC warns of 'whackingly large' registration fees

The chairman of the CQC has distanced herself from the debate over practice fees for registration with the watchdog.

Baroness Young:‘For every pound raised in fees, the government lops it off our grant.’
Baroness Young:‘For every pound raised in fees, the government lops it off our grant.’

Baroness Barbara Young told GP she would ‘leave it to the government and providers to argue it out', adding that fees could be ‘pifflingly small' or ‘whackingly large'.

‘I don't hold a candle for fees because they don't get us anywhere,' she said. ‘For every pound raised in fees, the government lops it off our grant.'

‘The treasury declares that regulators must recover their costs through fees - end of conversation.'

The CQC admitted last month that it has found it difficult to cost the process of registering England's 8,300 GP practices.

A CQC consultation launched this month suggests practices will face charges for adding a partner or branch surgery, on top of an annual payment.  

It says the annual fee is likely to reflect a provider's type and size. Examples given at this stage relate only to hospitals -the smallest hospitals with 50 to 251 beds would pay £15,000 a year for CQC registration.

Flat fees of £2,000 for altering registrations and £5,000 for registering a provider formed after April 2010 are proposed.

However, how this will translate to practices remains unclear. The CQC will begin consult on fees for providers including GPs in Autumn 2010.

All GP practices in England will have to register with the CQC from 2012.

Editor's blog: If the NHS leads the world, should revalidation cost so much?



Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins


Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

GP consulting room

Nine in ten GPs fear their practice will struggle to cope this winter

Nearly nine in ten GPs fear that their practice will struggle to cope this winter,...

BMA sign

BMA elects new deputy chair of England GP committee and chair of Scottish council

Dr David Wrigley has been elected as new deputy chair of the BMA's GP committee in...

UK money

Almost half of practices say income from private fees has fallen in past year

Almost half of GP practices have seen their income from private and professional...

COVID-19 vaccination centre

BMA raises 'serious concerns' about GP workload and funding for autumn COVID boosters

The BMA has raised 'serious concerns' about the workload implications of this autumn's...


Monkeypox jabs will run out by next week, UKHSA says

The UK is likely to run out of smallpox vaccine stocks which it is using to protect...

NHS sign outside a building

Two Midlands hospitals end partnerships with Babylon

Two NHS trusts have prematurely severed their relationships with digital health provider,...