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GP workforce adviser calls for 'dramatic' scaling back of CQC inspections

The CQC should ‘dramatically’ scale back on practice inspections to reduce pressures pushing GPs into early retirement, the author of a Government-commissioned report into the GP workforce has said.

Professor Martin Roland, University of Cambridge general practice researcher, said he thinks CQC inspections have ‘caused a significant burden’ on practices without ‘a lot of evidence [of] quality improvement’, compounding the GP workforce crisis.

He told Pulse that once all practices are inspected next spring, his recommendation is it inspects only 20% of practices in the following five years.

Professor Roland said he believes that HEE efforts to bring medical students into vocational GP training will mean ’we probably will get the training numbers that are needed’.

However, he added: ’It is a much more pressing problem to work out how to persuade GPs to carry on working into their early 60s and not retiring increasingly in their late 50s’.

He said: ’What I think has caused a significant burden on practices is these CQC visits and I think there is real room to change those radically.

’I think that the burden could be reduced dramatically, because there is not a lot of evidence that CQC visits have produced a lot of quality improvement.

’I would like CQC perhaps to only visit 20% of practices in the next five-year round, so that the burden on the great majority of practices was greatly reduced.’

His comments come as chief inspector of general practice Professor Steve Field told Pulse earlier in the month that he wants to reduce the burden of CQC visits on practices.

Readers' comments (6)

  • One has to do a lot more than reducing the CQC inspections. I wouldn't be so confident as to expect increased numbers of medical students to pick general practice as a career. Far from it. I expect far more newly trained doctors to shun general practice.

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  • A little more complexed than this, look at being screwed on the pensions and having to pay a massive tax bill out of your lump some because of the life time allowance.CQC, revalidation ,The Daily wail telegraph etc+ the dreaded internal market to name but afew.Its not worth commiting to the healt service any more.Goodbye

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  • Vinci Ho

    Interesting.
    There is always a reason why certain 'report'(especially so called government commissioned ones) emerged in politics .
    Need another report to suggest Agent Hunt should resign.

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  • Strange that a few days before a government-commissioned report recommends scaling back CQC inspections the Chancellor has asked CQC to model funding reductions of 25% and 40% ! Is this what they mean by "joined up government" or is it "insider trading". It also makes the fundamental mistake of failing to realise that GPs are more likely leaving because of government policy and funding cutbacks.

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  • Has the Prof discovered anything new?

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  • There is an awful lot more than CQC that needs scaling back before I reverse my decision to leave medicine altogether mid next year. I don't suppose HMG gives an F and probably are quite happy to see the likely end result of a salaried service-but it will actually cost them more and patients will not get as committed and as good a service. Sadly it is the patients who lose out.

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