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GPs increasingly requesting advice about CQC's powers to access patient records


I run a confidential service for doctors and dentists - I am not sure they would want their records accessed without consent. What is good enough for health professionals must be good enough for other patients. How can an inspection of a handful of notes give an indication of the standard of care that is provided by a practice - anymore than a single health measure can say how well an individual is. GMC and NCAS use standardised methodology for sampling case notes, examining them and gaining consent from patients. Should this not be the standard that CQC use?

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10 Nov 2014

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