One in 10 GP practices have now been rated by the CQC

Around one in 10 practices in England have received an official CQC rating, as the regulator's overhauled inspection scheme moves into its eighth month, GPonline can reveal.

Professor Steve Field: vast majority of practices are good (Photo: Pete Hill)
Professor Steve Field: vast majority of practices are good (Photo: Pete Hill)

Of the 750 practices to be rated so far, the overwhelming majority have passed through the scheme with flying colours, with 86% winning a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ rating.

The top 3% - a total of 24 - have been awarded an ‘outstanding’ score. But this has just been outstripped by the number of ‘inadequate’ practices, which total 26 (also 3%).

Map: CQC inspections by CCG

The bulk of these practices will be given 12 months to improve as part of the CQC’s special measures programme, or face having their registration removed. One in nine (11%) have been rated ‘requires improvement’.

GP analysis has previously shown that poor CQC ratings are linked to below-average funding.

Practices in the north of England are still the most likely to be rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’, with 89% achieving one of the top two ratings. This compares to just 76% in London, 87% in the Midlands and east and 83% in the south.

The CQC’s revamped inspection regime has just completed its seventh month since the scheme was rolled out in October 2014.

Vote to scrap CQC

The watchdog committed to inspecting, rating and publishing reports of all GP practices by October 2016, two years after the scheme was launched and six months later than it originally said it would.

CQC’s chief inspector for general practice Professor Steve Field said: ‘We know that the vast majority of England's GPs are providing a service which is safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led. If that is what we find on inspection - we give it a rating of ‘good’, and I congratulate the GPs and staff in these practices.’

The results come just weeks before leading GPs will vote at the 2015 LMCs conference on whether to decommission the ‘incompetent nightmare’ of the CQC later in the month. 

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