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CQC announce postponement of routine practice inspections

Please see below document from CQC and below press release comment from GPC deputy chair Mark Sandford-Wood for your information.

It is right that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has taken the decision to suspend inspections for the vast majority of GP practices and other parts of the NHS that have a good or outstanding rating. This process is extremely time consuming and places an additional burden on staff and resources, a situation that we can ill afford when large parts of the health service are under unprecedented pressure from rising demand and workforce shortages this winter.

"However, while this is an encouraging move, it does demonstrate the extent of the strain on the NHS, despite some short term initiatives lobbied for by the BMA to boost funding for GP practices over the Christmas period. We do need NHS England to demonstrate similar understanding and work with the BMA to agree measures to remove performance targets and other system measurements in order to release clinicians for front line clinical care for the benefit of patients."

Mark Sandford-Wood
GPC Deputy Chair

Click here to download the document "CQC Inspection Pause Jan18".


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