CQC rates quarter of London practices 'requires improvement' or 'inadequate'

Over one in four London practices have been rated 'requires improvement' or 'inadequate' by CQC inspectors so far, GPonline analysis has revealed.

Practices in the capital are over twice as likely to receive a lower rating than those in the north of England

Analysis shows that 28% of London practices rated to date were found to be lacking by the CQC during their inspection.

Practices in the capital are over twice as likely to receive a lower rating than those in the north of England, where just 11% of practices were found to ‘require improvement’ or be ‘inadequate’.

Some159 practices in London have been visited by inspectors so far – equivalent to around a ninth of those overall in the city.

Across the whole of England, 12% of practices have been rated ‘requires improvement’ and 4% ‘inadequate’.

But in London so far, 20% have been rated ‘requires improvement’ and 8% ‘inadequate’, a stark contrast to the national average and other areas of England.

Map: CQC GP practice ratings by CCG

The stats suggest that practices in the north of England are currently performing best overall, with just 7% requiring improvement and 4% being found ‘inadequate’.

In the Midlands and east of England, 13% were rated ‘requires improvement’ with 4% found ‘inadequate’.

Practices in the south of England appear to be the least likely to be rated ‘inadequate’ – with just 3% of practices receiving the bottom score. Some 13% were found to require improvement.

The watchdog has released ratings for 1,366 GP practices so far, around a sixth of the total number in England. It expects to have inspected, rated and published its findings on all practices by October 2016.

CQC GP rating breakdown

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