Practices that start late could face 28-day CQC registration timetable

Practices that fail to start registration with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) by the end of next month could face a 28-day deadline to complete the process.

The online CQC registration system for GP practices went live last week, and more than 3,000 practices – a third of practices in England – have now logged into the system.

From 1 April, practices that are not registered with the CQC cannot legally provide NHS services.

Practices that have logged in have been able to select one of four ‘registration windows’ for submitting evidence the CQC requires for registration.

The final registration window, which runs from 20 November to 20 December, is now completely full, the CQC has said.

The first window runs from 4 September to 1 October.

Details of practices that fail to contact the CQC will be sent to PCTs and LMCs to chase up from the end of August, and will automatically be allocated a registration window – likely to be the first one if all other places are taken.

A spokesman for the CQC said: ‘If people want choice they should come forward now.’

Victoria Howes, GP registration design team leader at the CQC, said: ‘We ask that practices start registration by the end of August, and we will be sending out reminder letters at the start of August.

‘If practices have not done it by the end of August, we will chase up more rigorously. The longer you leave it the less choice of windows you get.’

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