GPC fears Care Quality Commission fees could close practices

The GPC opposes practices paying to register with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) because it fears fees of thousands of pounds could threaten their viability.

GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman explained the committee's position in a video interview for Healthcare Republic after its last meeting of the year on Thursday.

GP revealed in October that all GP practices would be charged an annual fee to fund the cost of registration with the CQC from 2012. From April 2011 GP practices, alongside all other health and social care organisations, will be required to meet 16 essential standards of quality and safety as part of the CQC's registration system.

Dr Buckman said: ‘We were asked what our views were and we made it clear that we are determined that GPs and practices will not have to pay themselves. Our argument is that this may affect viability.

‘Primary care organisations should pay. We are sub-contractors to the NHS. It would be like asking laboratory services in hospitals, which sub-contract their work, to pay.'

 

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