CQC to hike care home fees

Care home providers face higher fees next year under proposals set out by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

A consultation on the plans, which would see fees for care home providers with 26 to 30 residents rise from £4,212 to £4,375.

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.

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“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.

“The consultation proposals we have published today follow the plans we set out last year to continue to meet the Treasury’s requirement to recover our chargeable costs in full from providers. It is important that we give providers and their representatives the opportunity to review and plan for any changes that affect them from April 2017.”

The consultation runs until noon on 11 January 2017.

To read the proposals, click here.

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