Regulatory fees from April 2013 under the Health and Social Care Act 2008: summary of responses to consultation, and our decisions on the consultation questions: summary

Document type
Summary
Corporate author(s)
Care Quality Commission
Publisher
Care Quality Commission
Date of publication
27 March 2013
Subject(s)
Health Services, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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This document is the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) response to comments received on their recent consultation about regulatory fees from April 2013 under the Health and Social Care Act 2008. It summarises the changes that will be made to the 2013/14 fees scheme following the consultation.  These changes include: 

  • amending the fee categories;
  • adjusting the fee bandings for providers of dental services;
  • bringing providers of primary medical services and independent midwifery services into the scheme, using the bandings and fees scale set out in the consultation document; and
  • increasing fees and amending the fee category for providers of out-of-hours primary medical services.

CQC received 508 responses to the consultation out of a total provider base of around 29,000, which includes approximately 8,000 providers of NHS primary medical services who will register in April 2013. The majority of responses were from individual general practitioners (GPs) and dentists. Their responses represent 81% of the total received. Most of the 332 individual GP respondents and many of the 77 individual dental respondents contested the principle of having to pay any fees at all for regulation, stating that the government or other bodies should pay any fees being proposed.  Alongside this view, many of these respondents felt very strongly that registration with CQC was unnecessary and unwarranted. While CQC acknowledge the respondents feel strongly about these issues, they lie outside the scope of this consultation and are not subjects over which CQC itself has any jurisdiction.