CQC registration deferred until 2013

The DoH is holding a consultation on proposals to delay registration with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for GP practices until 2013.

The DoH consultation document, released on Friday, sets out proposals to put back the registration date from April 2012 to April 2013.

Under the plans, GP out-of-hours providers or providers of NHS walk-in centres are still set to be registered in 2012.

GP practices that have not opted out of out-of-hours care may also be required to register in 2012.

In a statement, health minister Lord Howe said: ‘We are launching a six-week public consultation period on the proposal to delay the registration of GP practices by the CQC from April 2012 until April 2013.'

Lord Howe said the registration delay would allow providers ‘to experience an improved registration process’.

‘This will also enable the CQC time to focus on its core business of providing assurance of safety and quality,’ Lord Howe said.

The CQC said the aim of the delay was to ‘improve the process for GPs’, and ‘to ensure registration was more closely aligned with accreditation schemes’.

The CQC said that there were no plans to ‘change the scope of regulation’.

Plans to defer GP registration came after CQC board papers revealed it was struggling with the lack of resources and the volume of demands placed on it. This included the 'significant task' of registering 9,000 GP practices.

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