The Upper Eden Medical Practice in Cumbria, the West Road Medical Centre in Newcastle and the Sonning Common Health Centre in Oxfordshire were all found to be ‘outstanding’ after their CQC visit.
Over 80 were awarded a ‘good’ rating, seven were rated as ‘requires improvement’ and three were rated ‘inadequate’.
Looking at all 435 ratings released so far, the vast majority (88%) have been found ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’.
But early analysis by GP revealed regional variation in ratings, with practices in the north of England and the Midlands tending to receive higher ratings than those in the south or London.
One in 10 practices overall have been rated as ‘requires improvement’, while just 3% – a total of 12 practices – have been rated as ‘inadequate’. The majority of these will be put straight into special measures.
Professor Steve Field, chief inspector of general practice, said: ‘We know that the vast majority of England's GPs are providing a service which is safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led. If that is what we find on inspection - we give it a rating of "good", and I congratulate the GPs and staff in these practices.’