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CQC will put 'inadequate' GP practices immediately into special measures

Practices found to be inadequate by the CQC will immediately be put into special measures, the regulator announced today.

The CQC said that there will no longer be a six-month period for practices to rectify problems before being put into special measures, although practices will still have a year before their registration is cancelled.

It has said that practices will have access to a range of support ‘at the earliest opportunity’, which is being developed alongside NHS England and the RCGP.

However, Pulse has previously reported that they could have to pay up to £5,000 to access such support.

The regulator first announced it was introducing ‘special measures’ for GP practices in August 2014.

It was originally proposed that practices will be placed in special measures after six months, and will be given another six months to improve before having their registration remove.

However, in a statement released today, it said: ‘CQC proposes that when it rates a general practice as inadequate overall – the practice will automatically be placed into special measures, opening the way to a package of support from NHS England.

‘If its rating has not improved within a year then CQC will cancel its registration.  In those circumstances NHS England will ensure that patients registered at the practice are able to continue to access GP services.’

Prof Steve Field, Chief Inspector of General Practice at the Care Quality Commission, said: ‘When we find that general practices are providing inadequate services, the public expects us to take action and our special measures regime will give practices clear deadlines to make the necessary improvements.’

Dr Richard Vautrey, deputy chair of the GPC, said: ‘It’s important that the first step is to try and identify the reasons that lead to these problems and try to resolve them. The special measures programme needs to involve LMCs as they can help practices address these problems.

‘This process can’t and shouldn’t be seen as simply a way to close practices but about solving problems they may have been trying to deal with for many years.’

The regulator released 50 reports last week, which found no practices to be given the rating of inadequate, although seven practices were told they required improvement.

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Readers' comments (11)

  • How can I find out if my GP practice is in danger of needing special measures? Reason being that I am moving house and my practice was listed as being one of 3 that serviced the area. I wanted to stay with this practice having biuilt up a relationship with my GP. At first he was doubtful that other partners would agree!! I contacted Healthwatch North Tyneside and my MP. Within 2 days we were told that we could, in fact stay with them. Wondering why? It is Wideopen medical centre who also have a surgery in nearby Dudley. We are moving from Seaton Burn, North Tyneside to Camperdown North Tyneside.

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  • Dear Hosp.Nurse.
    If you need CQC rating to tell you that your GP is good you are better off moving (actually your GP is better off with you moving TBH).
    We are band 6 practice but if anyopne wants to be with us only beacuse of that its best they leave.
    Our patients should stay with us because they trust us not because some "jumped up GP" calling himself "chief something" gives paper that says so!!!
    (Our practice has 100% score in GP patient survey on "do you trust your GP").
    This kind of info is of little value to existing patients but maybe of some small value to new patients in the area.

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  • What exactly are " special measures " ?

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  • Can the Tories give Steve his knighthood ASAP so he can bugger off and leave everyone alone

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  • this is a way to simply close practices, the cqc,are wmployed by the government and as we know the government wants to end primary care

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  • Given CQC's record to date ("intelligent monitoring"?!) we can have absolute faith that they will make not cock this one up.................well maybe only a little bit...........

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  • We can have no faith at all .

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  • The CQC employees all have Twitter accounts tweeting they are twits .

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  • Phil Tidy

    CQC modus operandi is to flog a horse until it dies and then charge it for wear & tear on the whip.

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  • Interesting internet 'app' on the Website of a Midlands newspaper - really very simple and rather clever.

    The 'app' ranks every GP practice in Britain in order of the 'aggregate score' in six key questions in the National GP Patient Survey. Practices can be identified by post code and are compared with other local practices.

    For those of us who were puzzled by CQC's very odd 'intelligent screening tool' it is interesting to note that Steve Field's own practice - when assessed on this simple to understand measure - is rated pretty poorly at number 5,988 out of the almost 8,000 GP practices in England, (Bellevue Medical Centre - post code B5 7LX)

    "Let him that is without sin cast the first stone."

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