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CQC suspends 14,000-patient GP practice over patient safety concerns

Exclusive A GP practice with over 14,000 patients has been temporarily suspended by the CQC following concerns over patient safety.

The Staunton Group Practice in Haringey has been suspended for six months with the four GP partners ‘unable to see patients at the practice’ during this time.

An 11-practice partnership in nearby Enfield has had to step in to care for the patients.

With 14,658 patients registered at the practice, it is thought to be one of the biggest practices to be suspended by the CQC.

The most recent CQC inspection identified breaches to the Health and Social Care Act that raised ‘concerns over safety and governance at the practice’.

A statement on the practice website said: ‘Following the recent CQC visit we need to inform you the current partners are unable to see patients at the practice for the next six months.’

It added that the practice ‘will continue to provide full medical services and will be supported by Medicus Health Partners’.

Medicus Health Partners is a partnership of 11 GP practices in Enfield, which formed at the end of last year.

The CQC report from January said that the partners at The Staunton Group Practice ‘did not ensure there was a system in place to identify and support vulnerable children and adults and ensure safeguards were in place’. 

It added: ‘There was not a robust process to ensure that clinicians were aware of relevant and current evidence-based guidance and standards.’

These issues meant the practice was in breach of regulations laid out in the Health and Social Care Act.

The CQC confirmed that action has been taken with the practice following a recent inspection, adding that any action was not taken lightly.

They added that the action was proportionate to the severity of what was found on inspection.

Londonwide LMCs said their GP support team, which helps practices navigate the sanctions placed on them by the CQC and improve their rating, is currently supporting the practice.

Dr Farah Jameel, BMA GP committee executive team member, said: ‘We will be watching the situation closely. It is vital that the CCG works closely with the LMC to ensure patient services are maintained and neighbouring practices are not destabilised.’

At the time of publication NHS Haringey CCG had not replied to requests for comment. The practice declined to comment.

Readers' comments (20)

  • How ridiculous and irresponsible of the CQC who lack any credibility. So many of our local practices have been failed by the CQC--yet the practices that none of us would send our loved ones to are given good or outstanding. What a shambles.

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  • Maverick

    No worries. Staunton Group Practice is just a tad under 11 miles from Dr S Jeffries and Partners. What's the problem?

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  • Maverick

    Sorry.... Dr Jefferies and Partners. Very popular London Practice now accepting patients.

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  • I am shocked ...are we all at risk and why ..?
    BMA needs to report ..what can stop so many consultations..
    I expect serious malpractice to stop so many doctors ..

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  • Interesting times, a more corporate approach is required to avoid falling foul of the rules and regulations. But we know that continuity and owner operators save money and are far cheaper, don’t we?

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  • We are all one of two clinicians leaving away from this happening,the system is on a cliff edge and the establishment are pushing us all over.

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  • The Govenment's bully boys strike again!
    Shame on any doctor who works for the CQC and treats their colleagues like this.
    Give up doing the DOHs dirty work for them, roll you sleeves up and join the rest of us doing some proper work seeing patients.

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  • Dear Pulse

    please could you ask for a legal team to write an article into pulse about how we can take the CQC to court and challenge them on their decisions if the need ever transpired.

    we can no longer rely on the BMA or the LMC to defend us adequately.

    in the same way we have HR teams on retainer, I think as practices we now need legal teams on retainer.


    - anonymous salaried!

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  • I must say, I commend CQC action taken to take out the St Mary's Island Contract holder. A decision taken too late for some patients but nonetheless a necessary one. After this example of absolute nonchalance and exposure of patients to harm, I wonder whether CQC isn't a necessary evil especially for Practices where things are taken for granted.

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  • Hopefully far more to this than meets the eye and some drastically unsatisfactory medical practices going on to justify what in effect is striking the Gps off the medical register.
    "systems being in place " may bear no relation to how effectively care is actually provided, and if lack of so called "systems" being in place is only major concern please can CQC be severely censured and high-ranking heads in their organization roll

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