The new ratings mean that 83% of practices rated so far have achieved one of the top two ratings.
The Inclusion Healthcare practice in Leicester won an ‘outstanding’ rating after being visited by a team that included CQC chief inspector of primary care Professor Steve Field.
He praised the practice, a specialist service which caters for homeless patients, for providing an ‘exceptional standard’ of ‘kind and compassionate care’ to a vulnerable and often-excluded group of patients.
Two practices have been given a rating of ‘inadequate’, and seven were rated as ‘requires improvement’. The 'inadequate' practices are expected to be placed immediately into special measures by the CQC.
The CQC's senior national GP advisor Professor Nigel Sparrow, 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.’