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Support for “Inadequate” practices.

Support for “Inadequate” practices.

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All GP practices rated “inadequate” by inspectors will be placed in special measures to help them improve claims the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The CQC, NHS England and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) have worked together to develop support programmes for practices placed in special measures.

The aim of special measures is to allow the practice to access support from the NHS in order to improve within the year. If this does not happen, then the surgery’s license to practice will be revoked.

Professor Nigel Sparrow, CQC’s Senior National GP Advisor, said: “The idea behind special measures is to drive improvement. We know there is much good care being provided by GPs, but where people are not getting the services they have a right to expect, practices must improve. When a practice has been rated as inadequate, special measures will ensure that the practice can access the support to improve that is available from NHS England.

“Good quality local GP services mean a stronger local health services overall, with different parts of the health service working well together in the best interests of patients and the public.”

CQC will be seeking further views from anyone who wishes to have their say on its proposals until Thursday 5 February.

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