CQC plan for increased funding from the Department of Health to fund new inspection regime

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The CQC is planning for a 50 per cent increase in the money it receives from the Department of Health to fund its overhauled inspection regime.  The CQC’s plans are based on an indicative budget for 2014-15.

The increase in funding is to support the introduction of CQC’s new inspection regime.  In its plans, CQC intend to increase its staff by nearly 30 per cent.  This is in line with more rigorous inspections being undertaken by larger and more specialist teams to assure quality care across all types of providers.

CQC’s indicative budget for 2014-15 is £223m, based on £120m grant in aid from the Department of Health and £103m in fees charged to the providers it inspects.  There will be 1.5 per cent increase in fees for adult social care providers and a 2.5 per cent increase for all other industries with the exception of dentistry, which will not face an increase.

The CQC is still in discussion with the Department of Health about its funding requirements and we expect to see final confirmation of the plans at the end of the month.

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