Contract terminated at 6,500-patient GP practice after CQC inspection

A 6,500-patient practice in London is being handed over to a caretaker provider after NHS England terminated the current partners' contract following a third poor CQC inspection.

Patients at the Falmouth Road Group Practice in Southwark, south London, have been told by NHS England that a caretaker practice will take over the service from 16 January.

The current partners had their contract terminated by NHS England after the CQC said it would cancel the practice’s registration following a third poor inspection.

The practice was put into special measures in July 2015 after it was rated inadequate and found to be in breach of legal requirements.

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The latest CQC report said that practice staff had not received safeguarding training and patients were at risk of harm because of poor implementation of some systems and processes.

Inspectors said that despite improvements being made, the practice had not sufficiently addressed all concerns, prompting the decision to cancel its CQC registration.

In a letter to patients, NHS England said it was working with Southwark CCG to appoint a caretaker practice and ensure continuity of care.

‘We expect this to be a seamless process and there will be no changes to the way in which patients access care from your GP practice,’ it said.

The CQC is currently running a consultation on plans to overhaul its inspection regime. The consultation runs until 14 February - click here for details of how to take part.

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