GP practice regulator to enable greater public scrutiny

Independent inspectorates including the new GP practice regulator are to collaborate to make it easier for taxpayers to assess their work.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC), which starts work in April, the Audit Commission, Ofsted and HM Inspectorates of Probation, Prisons and Constabulary, will gather information and make joint assessments about public services in England.

These will be published on a website to be launched at the end of the year.

It will describe how the health, wealth, well-being and safety of people in every area of the country is developing, highlighting successes and flagging up where services are failing to deliver.

In December GP revealed that CQC chair Baroness Barbara Young warned legal action would be used as a last resort to prosecute GPs for ignoring NICE guidance.

  • Should it be easier for the public to scrutinise practice performance?

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