Third of practices exiting special measures last year have closed

One in three practices to exit special measures last year were de-registered by the CQC or cancelled their own registration, official reports show.

A total of 155 GP practices entered CQC special measures in 2016/17, while 133 exited – leaving 130 in the scheme by the year’s end, the CQC’s annual report and accounts shows.

Of the 133 to leave the programme, two thirds made sufficient improvements to bump up their rating. But a total of 44 are no longer registered with the CQC, with 30 being de-registered and another 14 cancelling their registration.

The CQC said providers were put in special measures when it finds ‘serious failings in care’, adding that the programme is ‘an important part of our framework to make sure services improve’.

It has suggested that the scheme could undergo some changes when it overhauls how it inspects GP practices in October.

CQC special measures

The report shows that the CQC has begun trialling its Insight dashboards for GP practices, which will replace its current intelligent monitoring programme.

It also reveals that the CQC charged GPs a total of £23.1m in fees throughout 2016/17.

Introducing the report, CQC chief executive David Behan and chair Peter Wyman said: ‘Four years ago, we set out on the first phase of an ambitious journey to radically change the way health and adult social care in England is regulated.

‘The past year has been a successful one for the CQC, having delivered on our business plan, including completing our comprehensive inspection and ratings programme.

‘As a result, we now have a robust baseline of quality across health and social care. We are the only country in the world to have an independent assessment of the quality of health and social care by a single regulator.’

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