The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published its consultation on the fees that it proposes to charge providers next year. For care homes, it is proposing that the rate rises from £4212 in 2016/17 to £4375 in 2017/18.
The publication follows an announcement from the Health Committee that it will hold an accountability meeting with the CQC in December. The CQC fee proposals follow the plans the regulator consulted on last year to meet the Treasury’s requirement to recover its chargeable costs in full from providers.
The CQC proposes to:
- Increase fees for all sectors, except community social care and dental providers, as the second year of the two-year trajectory to reach full chargeable cost recovery (FCCR).
- Increase fees for community social care providers as the second year of the four-year trajectory to reach FCCR.
- Decrease fees for dental providers maintaining FCCR levels for this sector.
David Behan, chief executive of the Care Quality Commission, said: “We regulate over 30,000 health and adult social care providers and we set clear expectations of what good care looks like and when improvements need to be made. We will soon complete inspections of all services we rate. We know that our work is leading to better care – providers tell us our reports help identify areas for improvement, and we regularly see improvements when we re-inspect.
“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.”
Full details of the proposed fee increases and other proposals are available on the consultation website http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/regulatory-fees-201718-consultation and providers are encouraged to respond. The closing date is Wednesday 11th January.