CQC requests registration delay

The DoH is considering plans to defer the April 2012 deadline for GP practices to register with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

GP reported last week that the CQC had proposed a number of changes to its GP registration process to the DoH last week.

But the regulator denied that the changes it was calling for included a change in the registration date for GPs.

The CQC said its proposals aimed ‘to improve the process for GPs, to give CQC more opportunity to embed compliance monitoring in the sectors we already regulate, and to ensure registration is more closely aligned with accreditation schemes’.

But a CQC spokesman confirmed on Tuesday: ‘One of the proposals is to extend GP registration beyond the current deadline of 1 April 2012.

'The 1 April 2012 deadline is currently set in legislation. Therefore before the deadline can be changed, the DoH must hold a consultation.

‘Any proposed change to the start dates for registration must be consulted on by the Department and debated in parliament.'

A DoH spokesman added: 'The CQC has made a number of suggestions to the department about the registration of primary medical services providers which is due in April 2012. The department is considering the issues that CQC has raised.

'Registration will open in October 2011 for dedicated "out-of-hours" services, but the timing and make-up of subsequent batches is still to be confirmed.'

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