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GP leaders declare war on the CQC

GP leaders have voted for the CQC to be decommissioned and the money be reinvested in frontline services.

The near-unanimous vote at the LMCs Conference saw GPs sharing their experiences of the CQC’s inspection process, which was described as ‘incompetent and bullying’.

Coventry LMC vice chair and GPC member Dr Grant Ingrams, presenting the motion, said: ‘CQC have proved themselves to be an expensive and incompetent body that do not learn from their own mistakes. There is no evidence of value for money and at a time of austerity CQC should be the next against the wall to be cut.’

He concluded by naming the regulator ‘incompetent, bullying, bureaucratic waste of money’.

Dr Paul Cundy, GPC member and representing Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth LMC, shared an experience of a difference in opinion about what had happened during a CQC inspection.

He said: ‘So my advice, conference, and listen to this, is that you voice record all your interviews with CQC.’

Meanwhile, GPC member Dr Krishna Kasaraneni entertained with a story of CQC bureaucracy which allowed him to register with ‘Batman’ as his middle name but not his real middle name.

It comes after GPC chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul opened the conference yesterday with a call to end CQC’s ‘Ofsted-style’ inspection ratings.

The CQC has previously been involved in a number of controversies surrounding GPs, including the so-called ‘maggotgate’ affair and was forced to withdraw and apologise for its flawed ‘intelligent monitoring’ pre-inspection data.

The motion in full:

COVENTRY: That conference deplores the bureaucratic and incompetent nightmare of the CQC, and demands that it is decommissioned forthwith and that the funding is reinvested in frontline services.

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