CQC Fee increases

CQC Fee increases – update from Prema Dorai, Chair of SAICP (November 2018)

Following concerns over the fee increases implemented by CQC this year raised by some of our members I wrote to both Sir Ian Trenholm at CQC and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

In addition to the response I received and have already circulated from CQC, I have now had a reply from the Department of Health and Social Care which you can read by clicking on the following link.

Response from Matt Hancock office re CQC Fee increases October 2018

The Association will be hammering home this additional cost pressure providers have had to contend with during our fee negotiations with ACS which begin in earnest in November. We cannot keep absorbing additional cost pressures without this increasing the possibility for destabilising the market.

The base line is that CQC are now a self-funding organisation and are doing so by increasing their charges which we have no option but to pay.

Going forwards I must urge you ALL to read the following as CQC are once again beginning to forewarn of, yet another potential round of fee increases for April 2019.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is publishing its consultation on the fees that it proposes to charge providers in 2019/20.

Go to the CQC web address which gives full details of the consultation:

https://www.cqc.org.uk/get-involved/consultations/regulatory-fees-201920-consultation

The proposals follow the plans CQC set out to continue to meet the Treasury’s requirement to recover its ‘chargeable costs’ in full, from providers.

CQC will analyse the feedback from this consultation to prepare a response and a final fees scheme to recommend to the Secretary of State, whose consent is required to implement the scheme from 1 April 2019.

CQC will continue to look carefully at its costs, and to demonstrate that it is fair, efficient, effective and proportionate. CQC’s budget, in relation to the overall spending on health and adult social care in England, remains at 0.16%.

Ian Trenholm, Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), said: “Health and social care regulation makes a real and practical difference to people’s lives and there needs to be a strong, independent regulator who will always act on the side of people who use services. “Protecting the public in this way has a financial cost. The fees paid by providers enable us to fulfil our purpose of making sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care. “The consultation proposals we have published today follow the plans we set out to meet the Treasury’s requirement to recover our chargeable costs in full from providers. This consultation period gives providers and their representatives the opportunity to review, comment upon and plan for any changes that may affect them from April 2019.”

The consultation runs until midday on 17 January 2019.

PLEASE DO NOT IGNORE YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO VOICE OBJECTIONS, as CQC launch yet another ‘consultation period’ to enable them to justify any further increases.

This is your chance to input to the consultation and express concerns at yet another increase to your operating costs.

The Association will be making representation but the more people who register their objections can only serve to make it more difficult to justify further increases.

Prema Dorai, Chair SAICP Limited