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CQC issues closure notices to two GP practices

Two GP practices face closure from the 1 April after they were issued notices by the Care Quality Commission stating that the regulator intends to refuse their registration.

The CQC told Pulse said there were concerns, either raised by the GMC or by the practices themselves, about the standards at the two practices, but they had been served the notices because they failed to respond to correspondence from the regulator.

A CQC statement said today: ‘To date two “notices proposing to refuse registration” have been issued; the applicants affected have 28 days within which to challenge and appeal against the CQC’s decision.’

The CQC spokesperson added that the CQC hopes to resolve the issues with the two practices before 1 April and that 95% of practices have registered before the 1 April deadline.

The Health and Social Care Act, which comes into effect on 1 April, gives the CQC the power to close practices it has concerns over.

Adrian Hughes, head of registration at the CQC, said: ‘We are delighted with how well GP registration is going; a great deal of work and consultation went into designing a registration process which is as user friendly as possible, and it is good to see this has paid off.’

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Readers' comments (34)

  • What are your views on Infection Control Lead in a surgery ? One Lead Nurse in a single handed GP has tried hard to improve cleaning standards- -- without any success, What can she do ?

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  • It is really useful to have the CQC commenting on this discussion string.
    I would welcome details on the 2 failed practices. It looks as though some people are 'in the know' and have more information than the rest of us

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  • I worte to the local MP to express concern at how the PCT were spending their money refurbishing premises. I had a response and a willingness to visit but the GP who employs me declined, even though the PCT owned premises person responsible declined many of our request and recommendations.

    So what do we have in our nice new shiny refurbishment?

    Door handles that drop off
    Door jams that fall off.
    Panelling that falls down and crushes sink tap
    A computer wiring panel for around my desk, right beneath my examination light!
    Carpeted waiting room
    Screens that open between chair and exam couch
    Bin placed under sink so lid doesn't lift
    No breast feeding facilities
    No isolation facility
    A "kitchen" in recption with no handwashing
    No where to eat away from working desk

    I suppose the CQC will "blame" the GPs who didn't approve in the first place.
    However, we DO have plastic covered wall notices :-)

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  • Re: Jeremy Luke comment: Thank you that’s very kind of you to say so. Regarding the notices that have been served it wouldn't be proper to talk about them in detail as they have 28 days to appeal the CQC decision. However I can say that we had concerns that were either raised on their application or from bodies such as they GMC and despite trying to vigorously contact them to talk though these issues (after which we still may have been able to register them) they refused to respond and CQC was left with no choice but to issue the refusal notices.

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