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GPs face sevenfold rise in fees to healthcare regulator

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 03 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5884
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

General practices in England will be hit by a sevenfold increase in the fees they must pay to the Care Quality Commission over two to four years, under plans proposed by the watchdog to claw back its full chargeable costs from healthcare providers.

The CQC’s fee for a general practice with between 5000 and 10 000 registered patients that operates at one location would rise from £725 (€1015; $1120) a year for 2015-16 to £4839 a year, the watchdog has said. The annual fee for general practices with premises at five locations would rise from £2681 to £17 839.

The proposed increases would be implemented over two or four years. If implementation were over two years, for 2016-17 general practices would have to pay more than three times the fee they paid this …

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