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.'

 

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Proportion of NHS GPs trained in EEA stabilises despite Brexit uncertainty

Proportion of NHS GPs trained in EEA stabilises despite Brexit uncertainty

The proportion of NHS GPs trained in the EEA has stabilised after a steady decline...

GPs split on calls to suspend appraisal for duration of pandemic

GPs split on calls to suspend appraisal for duration of pandemic

Senior GPs are divided over calls for appraisal to be halted for the rest of the...

GP fears rising over covert recording of consultations in pandemic

GP fears rising over covert recording of consultations in pandemic

Fears over patients covertly recording consultations have increased among GPs since...

Coronavirus: Key guidance GPs need to know about COVID-19

Coronavirus: Key guidance GPs need to know about COVID-19

GPonline provides an overview of the key guidance relating to coronavirus, including...

Care home vaccination to begin as Scottish minister says Pfizer vaccine packs can be split up

Care home vaccination to begin as Scottish minister says Pfizer vaccine packs can be split up

Vaccination of care home residents against COVID-19 will start on 14 December in...

How will the COVID-19 vaccination programme get underway?

How will the COVID-19 vaccination programme get underway?

Following the MHRA's approval of Pfizer/BioNTech's COVID-19 jab the government has...