Primary Health Care: Inspections

Department of Health written question – answered on 27th April 2016.

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Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the costs of Care Quality Commission primary care inspections were to GP practices in (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2015-16.

Photo of Ben Gummer Ben Gummer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England. It has provided the following information about the total cost of the annual registration fees to general practitioner (GP) practices.

Registration revenue

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

GP practices

7,783

7,691

8,045

Total fee income (£ million)

£5.405

£5.498

£5.989

All GP practices are required under the Health and Adult Social Care Act 2008 to register with the CQC. GPs pay an annual fee to be registered. These tables provide a breakdown of the CQC’s fee charges in each respective. Fees for GPs vary depending on the number of practices/locations and for GPs with only one practice/location, the number of patients registered to the practice.

CQC fees for GPs with multiple practices/locations

Number of locations

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2

£1,200

£1,230

£1,341

3

£1,600

£1,640

£1,788

4

£2,000

£2,050

£2,235

5

£2,400

£2,460

£2,681

6 to 10

£3,000

£3,075

£3,352

11 to 40

£6,000

£6,150

£6,704

More than 40

£15,000

£15,375

£16,759

CQC fees for GPs with one practice/location

Number of registered patients

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

Up to 5,000

£550

£565

£616

5,001 to 10,000

£650

£665

£725

10,001 to 15,000

£750

£770

£839

More than 15,000

£850

£870

£948

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