CQC has published data on the increase in provider fees that will apply from 1 April 2014. All services registered with CQC are required to pay fees to cover the cost of registration and inspection under the Health and Social Care Act 2008.
There has been no increase in fees for dental services but fees for adult social care services have increased by 1.5% and fees for all other sectors have increased by 2.5%.
CQC has also adjusted the fee bandings for care home services which is intended to more evenly distribute fee charges. The fees for single location dental services have been differentiated to better distinguish between smaller and larger services.
Commenting on the changes, David Behan, CQC Chief Executive said “Our purpose is to ensure people receive services which are safe and of high quality. Monitoring, inspecting and regulating services has a cost attached, which is met in part by the fees providers pay. We have listened to the views that were expressed during the consultation and have made a modest increase to fees, and introduced new fee bands to the care home and dental sectors based on the feedback we received. We will continue to review fees in consultation with stakeholders, whilst ensuring that we are delivering value for money.”