LMC Conference 2014: CQC chief inspector should apologise to GPs

The CQC's chief inspector of general practice should apologise for disproportionately advertising adverse findings about general practice, GPs at the annual LMC conference have insisted.

Dr Ivan Camphor: CQC chief inspector of GPs should say sorry (Photo: Pete Hill)
Dr Ivan Camphor: CQC chief inspector of GPs should say sorry (Photo: Pete Hill)

Constituents at the conference said they ‘utterly deplored’ the CQC for highlighting negative stories of CQC inspections over ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ practice success stories.

Dr Ivan Camphor from Mid Mersey, who proposed the motion, said former RCGP chairman Professor Steve Field had ‘turned against’ GPs.

He said: ‘We are all scarred by maggot-gate. It was headlined in the media as a serious breach of public health, when evidence shows it wasn’t and didn’t impact on care given. It is shameful that Field took publicity from this.’

Other speakers said the story was greatly sensationalised and exaggerated by the media, which falsely claimed that consulting rooms were infested with maggots, when in reality small numbers were found in the corridor from a neighbour’s overflowing bin.

Scarred by maggot-gate

They said the story was damaging to general practice, and put stress on the GPs and patients at the practice.

The only person to officially speak against the motion, Dr Gaurav Gupta from Kent, complained on grounds that the motion did not go far enough.

He said: ‘We shouldn’t demand an apology – we should demand his resignation.’

Dr Camphor added: ‘Field says he wishes to celebrate good and outstanding practice, but where have we seen this? Why hasn’t it been reported more often? We don’t ask to defend the indefensible, just keep it in proportion.

‘He needs to undo the damage he’ already done, or at least admit he was wrong.’

Dean Marshall, GPC chairman of the subcommittee, urged GPs to vote on the motion. ‘Please don’t be quiet, say something,’ he said.

Constituents unanimously voted that the CQC should be held accountable for this, and that Professor Field should apologise.

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