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New standards on practice cleanliness

By Alisdair Stirling

GPs will have to comply with stringent new standards on practice cleanliness under a new code being drawn up by the National Patient Safety Agency.

The Agency has drawn up a document to be unveiled next month aimed at pulling GPs into line with Care Quality Commission regulations currently in force elsewhere in the health service.

GPs will have to establish a cleanliness system that meets requirements under Section 12 of the Health and Social Care Act and its Code of Practice and will have to demonstrate this in evidence submitted to the CQC.

A spokesman for the agency said that they had consulted with the BMA and RCGP in drawing up the specification.

The new standards will come into force in April 2012.

New standards on practice cleanliness