The Care Quality Commission has been accused of offering poor value after it raised providers’ fees while slashing the number of inspections it carries out.
The 70% fall in inspections since last year has coincided with the CQC increasing adult care providers’ fees by £6m this year. A National Care Forum survey of its members, all of whom are not-for-profit providers, has identified an average increase in registration fees of 22%.
“At the same time that the number of inspections is going down some care home groups are paying millions; it’s bad value for money,” said Martin Green, chief executive of the English Community Care Association.
But a CQC spokesperson said: “We don’t agree that the number of inspections a service receives can be directly equated to value for money. The CQC is not providing services to the care providers that it regulates – it is ensuring that they comply with the law.”
He added the rise reflected the fact that the government required the CQC to recover more of the costs of regulation from providers.
Care providers slam CQC over hike in fees
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