BMA opposes 'unrealistic' CQC criteria for GP registration

Care Quality Commission (CQC) registration for GPs should not include criteria designed for hospitals, the BMA has said.

GP Dr Dave Singh told the Annual Representatives' Meeting of the BMA in Cardiff on Wednesday: 'At the moment the CQC expectation is unrealistic.'

Dr Singh said that a number of the registration criteria for GPs were designed for hospitals and shouldn’t be applied to general practice.

‘For example, elbow taps are available at each wash basin. Rooms where clinical practice takes place are not carpeted. Furniture chairs and couches are made of washable materials,’ Dr Singh said.

‘Animals used for pet therapy must have evidence that all appropriate worming vaccinations are up to date and must have a flea management plan,’ Dr Singh added.

Dr Singh called for delegates to support the motion and ensure that CQC registration is ‘more appropriate for general practice’.

The motion was supported by BMA chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum and GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman.

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