CQC wants more GP practices to achieve a higher rating

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published 61 new reports on the care provided by GP practices, which have been inspected under its new approach.

Following recent inspections, 51 practices in England have been rated as good, including the Hanway Group Practice, Hanway Road, Portsmouth.

Under CQC’s new programme of inspections, all of England’s GP practices are being given a rating according to whether they are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led.

Chief inspector of general practices, professor Steve Field 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.’

The independent regulator wants patients to be able to expect a high quality of consistent care.

Professor Field hopes that the new way inspections are carried out will encourage those GP practices, which are struggling to improve before their next visit.

‘Where we have a surgery which requires 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.

‘We want to ensure there is a coordinated response to help the practice improve.’

For full reports on all 61 inspections visit: cqc.org.uk