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NHS England decides to keep CQC 'inadequate' practice open

NHS England has declared it will save a Grimsby GP practice with 4,500 patients from closing.

Although NHS England is still searching for a new contractor for the Ashwood Surgery - the singlehanded practice that lost its contract due to a CQC inadequate rating - it has made arrangements with a local practice to cover in the interim period and is determined to find a replacement GP contractor.

The plight of the practice was highlighted in the Grimsby Telegraph, which had reported that it faced the risk of closure.

However, locality director for NHS England in Yorkshire and Humber Julie Warren said: ‘We can reassure patients that they are able to continue to access services and attend appointments as usual as the services will be maintained at the surgery premises in Weelsby View Health Centre. Arrangements have been made with a local practice to provide cover for the immediate period.’

She added that the decision to end the current contract and search for a new contractor had been taken ‘after exploring all available options’ and had been taken ‘in the interests of patient safety’.

She said: ‘We will shortly start the process of selecting and appointing a new contractor and GPs to provide services from the surgery. Although this will take some time to complete, services will continue to be maintained at the surgery and patients can continue to make appointments as usual. We will keep patients informed of developments.’

Readers' comments (6)

  • John Glasspool

    "‘We will shortly start the process of selecting and appointing a new contractor and GPs to provide services from the surgery."

    Let's hope there is no interest!

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  • If the funding remains the same and it should as all patients are treated equitably , no one sane will touch that practice with a barge poll as its not worth the hassle,
    May be the local hospital could run it and take on the losses associated with it

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  • The main reason that practices struggle is nothing to do with incompetence but rather lack of resources. The CQC know this but since they are Jeremy Hunt's "Enforcer" they could not care less about the real issues. They should be enraged with Jeremy Hunt but as they are his "pet" that will never happen.
    Truth is, General practice is now Cheyne-Stoking and as Hunt refuses resuscitation, there is only one outcome left.
    When the "wheels come off the bus", Hunt must be held to account but this disgraceful man will have "jumped ship" by then to another department.

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  • "Anonymous | GP Partner | 21 August 2015 8:57am"

    I'm not sure how you reach the conclusion that CQC is Hunt's pet. It was the Labour Government that created the CQC and it was the Labour Government that decided in 2010 to inflict CQC onto general practice and set in process the creation of the GP section of CQC.

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  • New contract will likely be a far more expensive APMS contract on a 5 yr term. It would be interesting to know what the practice failed on.

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  • The reasons that CQC have rated this practice "inadequate" will be on their website for all to see. My own experience of CQC is that inspections are scrupulously fair and not intended to be heavy-handed so the reasons for the rating I would expect to be genuine and substantial. It does seem to me that the way GP is developing is towards larger multi-partner practices or federations who have the critical mass to ensure they are safe, effective,responsive, caring and well-led.

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