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GPC funding body drops judicial review against CQC


we have just been through the morale sapping time wasting expensive business of a CQC inspection which found us 'in need of improvement' in various areas and to look at the bald traffic light system they use it looks like we are not very good. Fortunately we are extremely popular with the local patients and so many are trying to join our list we are having to close it. We were found wanting exclusively for non clinical issues such as written references not being done on a couple of staff, ditto DBS checks and verbal consent instead of written. they also did not like us checking our own water temp for legionaires (the official who came to do exactly what we did charged £350) and we only washed our window curtains once a year instead of twice. All these failings were not important for patient care and positives such as having appointments on same or next day and all partners being specialised were brushed over. The point I would like to make is that this box ticking nitpicking approach is exactly how NOT to motivate a workforce struggling under severe pressure and stress. We will survive as we have our patients support and we are confident in our service but how damaging is the CQC to struggling practices. There should be a concerted campaign to point out that the CQC are compounding the GP crisis and its also consuming huge amounts of time, good will, and money. CQC needs to stop their petty witch hunt. Any doctor working for them should hang their head in shame.

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11 Sep 2016

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