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‘Inadequate’ GP practices face closure

Things are changing with the Care Quality Commission, and this morning the BBC has reported that failing GP practices will now face closure.

So, what does this mean in practical terms? Well, practices that are deemed ‘inadequate’ after an inspection will be given six months to improve. If a practice is still considered ‘inadequate’ after this time, they will be placed on special measures for another six months (visit http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/cqcs-proposals-special-measures-gp-practices for full details on the proposed framework for special measures). Failure after this period will lead to closure. In addition, for those practices woefully below the required standards, special measures can be applied immediately.

Speaking to the BBC, Prof. Steve Field, the CQC's chief inspector of GPs, said: ‘Most GP practices provide good care but we can't allow those that provide poor care to continue to let their patients have an inadequate service.’

This change is part of a new system that will see ratings of either ‘outstanding’, ‘good’, ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’. This is markedly different to the current situation, which simply requires the practice to comply with the core standards.

Set to start this October and running until March 2016, the next wave of inspections is nothing to worry about – as long as you stay abreast of what’s expected from you and your colleagues.

If you have any concerns, we at DBG are ideally placed to help, providing advice, training and on-going assistance. If you would like to discuss the upcoming changes and how we can help you, please do feel free to get in contact with us. Remember, we’re here to help!

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