Practices with multiple partners face higher Care Quality Commission charge

Practices may face charges from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for adding a partner, on top of an annual registration fee.

From 2011 all GP practices will have to register with the CQC
From 2011 all GP practices will have to register with the CQC

The proposals are set out in a consultation on the fees NHS providers will be charged to register with the CQC.

From 2012 all GP practices will have to register with the CQC, but NHS trusts, independent healthcare providers and adult social care providers will start to register in 2010.

The document says annual registration fees are likely to reflect the provider's type and size, although the only worked examples in the document are in terms of numbers of beds. For example, the smallest hospitals of between 50 and 251 beds would pay the CQC £15,000 a year to be a registered provider. 

How the fees will translate to GP practices has yet to be decided, but the consultation does propose a flat £2,000 charge for any provider wishing to amend the terms of their registration with the CQC. The CQC hopes to cover 50% of its costs initially, rising to 100% eventually.

The 'frequently asked questions' document also makes it clear that there will be a fee for adding partners to a partnership.

A flat fee of £5,000 will be charged for any new NHS provider formed after April 2010, on top of an annual fee but again, it is unclear wether this will be applied to new GP practices. 

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