Responding to the announcement by CQC to the changes in regulatory fees for providers, Dr Steve Kell, co-chair NHSCC said:
“It is very disappointing that the CQC have not listened to the views of our members or to the vast majority of those who took part in their consultation on the proposed increases to regulatory fees for providers. To then forge ahead with a 2 year repayment scheme despite the financial challenges that the whole system is currently facing and strong preference expressed for the 4 year option, only confirms some of the major concerns that our members had expressed about whether this was a genuine consultation process.
“We still remain concerned about the impact that the proposed fee increases will have on the services that our members commission for patients. Although there has been additional funding announced for GP practices to cover these fees, this money would be better spent on direct frontline patient care rather than supporting a regulatory regime that has yet to prove itself to be efficient in carrying out its statutory duties or effective in delivering meaningful improvements in quality.
“Given that the consultation on the CQC’s strategy for the next five years has only recently concluded and will not be published until May, it still feels premature to set fee levels and therefore an estimated budget for an organisation that has not as yet determined its structure and functions throughout the period.
“We hope that we can work more closely with CQC in the coming months and years to ensure that commissioners are part of a genuine engagement and consultation process which supports the development of a regulation system that can effectively work across the whole system for the benefit of patients.”
30 March 2016