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BMA delegates support calls for CQC to be abolished

The BMA’s annual conference has supported a motion calling for the CQC to be decommissioned and the funding to be reinvested in frontline services.

The motion, put forward by the Buckinghamshire division of the BMA at the Annual Representatives Meeting (ARM) in Liverpool on Monday, was taken as ‘reference’ – meaning it won’t become official BMA policy – but GP leaders said it showed the strength of feeling against the regulator from the whole medical profession.

It followed a similar call from the recent LMCs Conference, where the call for the abolition of the CQC was passed as policy.

The ARM motion requested ‘that the CQC is decommissioned forthwith and that the funding is reinvested in front line services’.

It also said that the CQC had ‘become a bureaucratic and incompetent nightmare’.

Dr Krishna Kasaraneni, chair of the GPC’s workforce and training subcommittee, who spoke in favour of the motion at the LMCs Conference, told Pulse: ‘The story is not that the motion was taken as reference on a technicality – due to the fact that it is accepted that you need to have a regulator – but it is that the whole profession now does not have any confidence in the CQC.’

At the LMCs conference, GPC chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul used his opening speech to call for an end to CQC inspection ratings, a call later echoed by the RCGP.