Around 140 practices have now been officially rated by the CQC, but in November 2014 the watchdog used its 'intelligent monitoring' tool to place every practice in the country into one of six bands from high to low risk. National media reports said one in six practices was 'failing' based on the CQC's data - but just 5 out of 140 visited by inspectors have been rated 'inadequate'.
Analysis of how practices' actual CQC ratings compare with risk scores made public by the watchdog just two months ago shows that practices labelled high risk have now been found to be performing well.
Similarly, practices initially flagged up as 'low risk' have received poor ratings after inspection. Given the wildly inaccurate picture of practice performance it appears to deliver, should the CQC's intelligent monitoring system be scrapped? Cast your vote.