The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has announced a consultation on increasing its dental fees by 13 per cent from April next year.
The CQC have proposed plans which would see dental practices face a 13% increase in fees – over £100 for the average provider – from April 2019, while GPs will see their fees unchanged.
The regulators claim that the increase is to ensure the cost of regulation and fees are ‘properly aligned’.
Peter Wyman, CQC chair, said in the consultation: “We don’t underestimate the impact on providers of paying fees.
“We have a responsibility to cover our costs by charging fees and will continue to look carefully at our costs relating to regulation, but we are also accountable for demonstrating that we are fair, efficient, effective and proportionate.”
The British Dental Association is strongly opposing the proposed plans and has requested an urgent meeting with the CQC after it announced the ‘inflation-busting’ rise.
The BDA claim it represents a wholly disproportionate burden, particularly on smaller practices.
Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, the BDA’s Chair of General Dental Practice said: “When time and again CQC reports show this profession is delivering the very best for our patients, it is baffling they’re asking us to pay through the nose for them. There is frankly no justification why low risk, high-quality care comes with such a high regulatory price tag.
“Our compliance costs have surged by over 1000% in the last decade, and the sustainability of services has already been pushed to breaking point. Many practices will struggle to understand why they face inflation-busting fee increases for doing right by their patients.
“We urge colleagues to take this opportunity and spell out to the CQC what these extra burdens will mean for their practices.”
David Jacobs, General Practice Partner at Milsted Langdon, said: “The proposed plans could have a significant effect on the costs of smaller practices. If you are unsure about any aspect the proposed changes could affect the finances of your dental practice then it is important that you seek specialist advice.”
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