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Following consultation, the government is introducing regulations to give the Care Quality Commission fee raising powers (under Section 46 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008) when carrying out comprehensive inspections.
The Health and Social Care Act 2008 gives CQC the power to charge for the registration of health and adult social care providers of regulated activities.
CQC’s new comprehensive inspections consider the quality and safety of care, above and beyond whether a provider is complying with the registration requirements, and highlight good and outstanding aspects of care.
The department intends to introduce a regulation that will bring these inspections and any associated rating within the scope of its fees setting power.
This proposal is not about changing the CQC’s fee structure or the level of fees that it proposes to charge. Neither is it about extending the remit of the CQC’s activity to additional providers or services.