Special LMCs conference: GPs demand campaign to abolish CQC inspection of general practice

GPs have overwhelmingly called for the GPC to campaign for the abolition of general practice inspection by the CQC and its replacement by a peer-led quality assurance scheme.

Delegates at the special LMCs conference called on the GPC to explore all options by which GPs could legally withdraw from engaging with the CQC, and demanded that it launch an ‘active campaign’ for the scheme to be scrapped.

‘Realistic proposals’ for an effective peer-led quality assurance scheme should be drawn up in its stead, they said.

GPs also voted unanimously to oppose any increase in CQC fees and demanded that all GPs should be reimbursed fully for the cost of CQC regulation.

Dr Jackie Applebee, from City and East London LMC, said that the watchdog’s ‘heavy handed approach’ promoted anxiety among GPs, and added ‘intolerable financial strain’ to beleaguered practices.

The GPC’s recent CQC survey ‘confirms that the current inspection scheme damages patient care’ she warned.

‘I throw the gauntlet down,’ she said, proposing the motion. ‘The days of politely asking the government to see reason are over. They don’t care.’

‘Who regulates the CQC?’ asked Birmingham LMC’s Dr Sam Dawlatly. ‘They seem to be unaccountable.’

No attendees spoke out against the motion.

 

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