Exclusive: Over 100 practices inspected by the CQC

More than 100 GP practices have been inspected by the CQC since it started regulating primary care in April, raising fears that the 'burdensome' process is diverting resources away from patient care.

Dr Kailash Chand: 'This is adding another unnecessary layer of bureaucracy.'
Dr Kailash Chand: 'This is adding another unnecessary layer of bureaucracy.'

Some of the 109 practices inspected were deemed ‘high risk’ and included those registered as non-compliant, the CQC said. The rest were selected at random.

The outcome of the inspections will be revealed in early July. Inspectors will decide whether practices are compliant, and what action must be taken if they are not.

BMA deputy chairman Dr Kailash Chand said that CQC registration had burdened practices with unnecessary extra bureaucracy and that the inspections diverted resources away from patient care.

‘General practice is the most regulated craft anyway and this is adding another unnecessary layer [of bureaucracy],’ he said.

‘The money taken from the organisational part of the QOF is scandalous as now practices have to spend money on being CQC compliant. They have to divert their attention and resources. These factors are terribly important.

‘Practices are saying it is burdensome and a distraction from doing patient care.’

One in five GP practices in England were not fully compliant with CQC regulations, the watchdog revealed in April. A CQC spokesman said the two most frequent areas of non-compliance were premises and infection control.

Practices are given 48 hours notice before inspections. The inspection team gives the practice feedback on the day. Practices are then sent a draft of the inspection report to check for factual accuracy, with an opportunity to appeal any decision made by the CQC.

Inspections cover a minimum of five CQC essential standards but could cover all 16 standards in some cases.

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