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Regulator launches consultation on GP registration

A major consultation has been launched to determine how GPs will register with the Government's new health and social care regulator.

The Care Quality Commission is requesting feedback on new guidance outlining what GPs will need to meet 29 legally enforceable registration requirements set by the government.

The guidance focuses on what constitutes ‘a positive outcome' for patients, and what services should be doing to achieve that outcome.

The consultation, which runs until 24 August, is asking for feedback on whether the guidance appropriately reflects the registration requirements, and what should be expected of a ‘safe, quality service'.

It will be used to decide whether a service should be registered, whether it should maintain registration and whether further action from the CQC is needed.

GPs are expected to register with the regulator from 2011, after the Department of Health has taken the final legislation through Parliament.

Cynthia Bower, chief executive of the CQC, said the introduction of registration was a "fundamental change" to the way quality of care would be safeguarded.

'Registration will make sure that health and adult social care providers across the country are meeting essential common quality standards. It will make the system fairer, more transparent, and make it easier for people to compare providers.

'Our focus will be on driving improvements, but we do have a range of new enforcement powers at our disposal if providers aren't doing all they should be to deliver safe, quality services.'

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