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GP meetingMarch 29 2016

The latest batch of Care Quality Commission inspection reports for general practices has identified four further outstanding practices among the 81 inspected.

Of the remainder, 67 practices were classed as good, six required improvement and two were deemed inadequate. The CQC noted that one GP practice had demonstrated sufficient improvements to exit special measures and had received a new rating of good.

The latest inspection reports means that less than 5% of the more than 3,000 practices inspected by the CQC have been classed as outstanding, with 130 classed as such. The total number of practices that have exited special measures is now33.

The practices classed as outstanding in the latest tranche of reports were:

  • Dr A S Cook & Partners, NHS Guildford and Waverley CCG
  • Dr Mushkoor Sheikh, NHS Doncaster CCG
  • Marple Cottage Surgery, NHS Stockport CCG
  • Stonefield Street Surgery, NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale CCG.

Professor Steve Field, Chief Inspector of General Practice at the CQC, said that the latest figures mean that “over one million patients in England currently receive care from practices which we have rated outstanding. What’s enormously encouraging is that our inspections are driving improvement – 90% of practices that we have re-inspected have improved since last October. Through their hard work and dedication, practices are making positive changes to the care they deliver.”

However, Dr Field warned: “There is still too much poor care. Since we began inspecting GP practices in October 2014 we have found over 100 practices to be Inadequate. While this is a minority, this still amounts to over half a million patients in England who were not receiving the basic standards of care that they should be able to expect from their GP practice. I am glad to say that we have increasingly found that most practices that are placed in special measures use the support that is on offer to meet those standards.”

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CQC announcement

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