Letters: Fees for GP registration would be proportionate

I was concerned with the Healthcare Republic headline ('CQC warns of "whackingly large" registration fees') on the story about the Care Quality Commission's (CQC) plans for the registration of GPs.

The point I was trying to make was that the CQC is not out to maximise income fees, as any fee income is simply deducted by the DoH from our grant.

Our proposals for NHS trusts are not a benchmark for fees to be charged to GPs. We have been at pains to point this out in our consultation documents.

Trusts are large, complex organisations that are expensive to regulate. The fees that we currently charge small enterprises under the Care Standards Act are much, much lower. We understand the needs of small enterprises and we will be careful to ensure that any fees that we apply to GPs are proportionate.

Baroness Barbara Young, chairman, Care Quality Commission

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