A total of 7,589 practices - 95% of all practices in England - have applied for registration with the CQC. Of these practices, over 80% have received their certificates of registration. Applications from the remaining 15% are being evaluated, and will receive certificates by 31 March 2013 if approved.
According to the CQC, the 5% of practices yet to apply are either in the process of making an application, or are due to do so and have been contacted by the regulator. The CQC believes some practices may have received more than one registration request, falsely inflating the number of practices that appear to have ignored registration.
Two practices have been told they could be refused registration due to their failure to contact the CQC. These practices were issued with a ‘notice proposing to refuse registration’. They have been given 28 days to challenge and appeal the decision, the CQC said. If the challenges and appeals are unsuccessful, the practices will be forced to close.
From 1 April 2013, all practices in England must be registered with the CQC. Registration is expected to cost the average practice around £1,600 a year and inspectors will make routine visits once every two years.
CQC head of registration Adrian Hughes said: ‘We are delighted with how well GP registration is going. A great deal of work and consultation went into designing a registration process which is as user friendly as possible, and it is good to see this has paid off.
'We are continuing to process applications and look forward to registering all providers who meet the criteria, in time for the deadline.’
- For advice and information on CQC registration go to medeconomics.co.uk/cqc
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