Vast majority of practices 'good' as CQC publishes latest ratings

The CQC has published its biggest batch of GP inspections ratings yet, as inspection reports for just over 50 GP providers were released on Thursday.

Professor Steve Field: CQC chief inspector of GPs (Photo: Pete Hill)
Professor Steve Field: CQC chief inspector of GPs (Photo: Pete Hill)

The CQC website shows that almost 70 practices overall have now received an official rating under the regulator’s revamped inspection regime, launched in October.

Overall, four practices have received a top ‘outstanding’ rating, while the majority (55) have been rated as ‘good’. A total of 10 have been classified as ‘requires improvement’.

CQC criticised

Despite implementing its now-infamous Intelligent Monitoring system to prioritise high-risk practices for early inspections, no GP practices have been rated ‘inadequate’ as yet.

The CQC came under heavy fire last year for publishing its risk data ahead of inspection ratings, culminating in it changing how they were formulated after it was accused of publicly ranking practices on unrepresentative data.

The watchdog is scheduled to publish new rounds of ratings and inspection reports every two weeks.

GPonline readers called for CQC chief inspector for general practice Professor Steve Field to resign after a U-turn over controversial risk ratings for practices.

Safe, effective care

CQC’s senior national GP advisor, Professor Nigel Sparrow, 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. 

‘Patients should be able to expect high quality and consistent care from every GP practice. Where we have required improvement, we will expect the practice to take the necessary steps to address the issue, and we will return at a later date to check that those improvements have been made.’

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