RNHA says registration fee scales are unfair
Registration and inspection fees the Care Quality Commission (CQC) charges nursing homes are way over the odds compared with the fees it charges large NHS hospitals, says the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA).
The association has accused the care regulator of totally disproportionate and unfair behaviour in its scales of fees. The RNHA had been hoping to see a major adjustment of the CQC’s fee structure next April, but a consultation document issued by the care regulator suggests this will not occur, which the RNHA describes as a ‘bitter blow for hard-pressed nursing homes struggling with rising costs and falling income’.
“There is one law for the relatively small nursing home provider and a completely different law for a typical NHS acute hospital,” said RNHA chief executive Frank Ursell.
“Let’s take a 61-bed nursing home with a total annual turnover of around £