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CQC chasing more than a hundred unregistered GP practices

More than a hundred GP practices may not be registered with the CQC by the 1 April deadline, the regulator has announced.

The CQC told Pulse that they are ‘following up’ with 114 primary care service providers who have yet to register, despite the 1 April deadline.

They said that 7,586 of the 7,700 eligible primary medical service providers (98.5%) have applied for registration as of 18 March 2013.

Of those who have applied, 99.3% of applicants will be registered in time for the 1 April 2013 deadline, with 7540 having received their notices of decision and certificate of registration.

The news comes after Pulse revealed that two practices have been served with closure notices by the CQC and that practices have spent millions preparing for registration.

A CQC spokesperson said: ‘We are following up the remaining 114 potential providers to determine if they require to be registered, and for us to support them in making their applications by the required date.

‘We realise that some may not need to register, and when this is confirmed they will be removed from our system.’

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Readers' comments (3)

  • First it was PBC, then CCG, now we have QIPP and the CQC!!! What next? TTTT (TIME TO THROW IN THE TOWEL)!!!

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  • The law says you will be committing an offence if you trade without registering. So in theory the CQC should be closing these practices down and prosecuting them if they carry on trading without a licence.
    But now that the time has come to see their mettle, they are going to talk to these practices nicely and see if they need any help in registering!!!

    When push comes to shove, the CQC are not as tough as they make out, which is why all these scandals abound. This looks like a light touch regime replacing the PCTs .... except that now we all have to pay for the privilege.

    So the CQC is not as tough as they make out to be.

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  • The important words are primary care service providers.
    The default list in my LMC area was 2 and neither where a GP practice.( I suspect both may indeed be exempt from individual registration requirement.)
    lest we forget GP surgeries are not the only primary care provider!

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