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The waiting game

CQC confirms decision to close two GP practices

Exclusive: The Care Quality Commission has decided to refuse registration for two practices, which look set to close on 1 April, Pulse has learnt

The commission issued closure notices to the practices in January to inform them they proposed to refuse their registration. The practices failed to submit an appeal against the closure notices within 28 days so the CQC has decided not to register them, meaning they will have to close on 1 April.

However, they do have a further 28 days to submit an appeal against the decision by the CQC.

The CQC would not provide details about the practices or why there were concerns about their registration. It did confirm that the closure notices were submitted because the practices failed to respond to correspondence from the regulator.

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.

A CQC spokesman said: ‘The 28 day window for the two GP providers to challenge the “notices of proposal to refuse registration” issued in January by the Care Quality Commission, has now lapsed.

‘The Commission has now issued both of them with “notices of decision to refuse registration”, and they now have a further 28 days to appeal to the independent tribunal before the decision becomes final. The CQC has ensured that the local PCTs are informed of the actions it has taken so that the PCT are able to respond to the needs of patients.’


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Readers' comments (3)

  • wow, so CQC is closing down practices that PCT obviously felt were performing OK. I look forward to seeing the reasons why, and if the practices will be put out to open tender...

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  • According to the original article..
    "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."
    So the closure would appear to be simply because of failure to respond, not any concerns raised by the practices and/or GMC - which seems odd: how confident is anyone that the correspondence has been received by the practices concerned?
    And have the PCTs and successor LATs within which the practices are situated been notified or involved? After all, if the patients at the two practices are to be left without a GP in 3 weeks time, *someone* will be responsible for ensuring the ongoing care of the patients - which is not CQC's responsibility.

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  • Re Mark Hawking: CQC has done all it can to alert the provider of its intentions including truing up in person to speak to them. Yes I can confirm that the CQC is working very closely with the PCT’s and keeping them informed of the situation and also making sure that any plans that need to be put in place to transfer patient list happens smoothly and that patents are fully informed.

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