Practice to take on 10,000 extra patients after CQC closes neighbouring surgery

A neighbouring practice has agreed to accommodate the 10,000 patients left without a practice after the CQC shut down Goodwood Court Medical Centre in Hove, East Sussex, last week.

CQC ratings: Practice closed after inspection
CQC ratings: Practice closed after inspection

NHS England has agreed a contract with the nearby Charter Medical Centre to take on the patients, and it has provided the practice with ‘additional resources’ to cope with the influx of patients.

Goodwood Court Medical Centre became one of the first to be shut down with ‘immediate effect’ by the CQC last week, after its inspection on 9 June.

The CQC has yet to publish the practice’s report, but said it took urgent action to protect the safety and welfare of patients. It has only exercised the rare move to immediately close a practice on ‘two or three’ occasions so far.

Most practices rated inadequate are placed onto a ‘special measures’ programme, and given a 12-month deadline to improve care before facing the risk of closure. It has given 41 practices the bottom-rung rating to date.

GP practice closed

The CQC was taken to court last March by a GP whose singlehanded practice was immediately closed after ‘serious concerns’ were unearthed during inspection. The tribunal voted unanimously in favour of the CQC’s decision.

An NHS England South spokeswoman said its priority had been to make sure the displaced patients had access to local GP services following the practice's closure.

She added: ‘NHS England has agreed a contract with doctors from the Charter Medical Centre to provide care to the patients who were registered at Goodwood Court Medical Centre, ensuring patients have immediate access to safe, high quality care.

‘The contract we have put in place will provide Charter Medical Centre with the additional resources it needs to ensure patients receive good quality care, as well as making sure their existing patients continue to receive care to the same standard.’

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