GPs call for more support to challenge CQC ratings and inspections

GPs have no confidence in the CQC and need support to help them challenge the process and appeal against ratings, LMCs have said.

Proposing a motion at the LMC conference in Edinburgh earlier this month, Dr Umar Tahir from Manchester LMC said: ‘Our reputations depend on these inspections, as do our livelihoods. The care of our patients depends on these inspections.’

LMC leaders unanimously backed a motion declaring ‘no confidence’ in the CQC. GP leaders called for guidance to be developed that supports practices to challenge the watchdog's ratings process and inspections.

It also agreed there was a need to ensure CQC processes are ‘open and transparent and reduce bureaucracy’ as well as to ensure that inspections are evidence-based and relate to the contract of the practice and what it is commissioned to provide.

GPC campaign

The debate at the LMC conference 2017 follows a more harshly-worded motion approved at last year’s emergency LMC conference, which called for the GPC to run a campaign for abolition of the CQC.

It called on the GPC also to explore all options by which GPs could legally withdraw from engaging with the CQC.

‘To say that CQC causes demoralisation, disruption as well as stress is an understatement,’ said Dr Cagdas Calisir, from Hertfordshire LMC. ‘CQC needs improvement in all areas.’

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