Inspectors find dirt and maggots inside GP surgery

The health regulator, The Care Quality Commission, has uncovered a catalogue of failings at some GP practices with medicines stored in a way that puts children and patients at risk of infection and rooms so dirty they had maggots.

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GP body: 'Overworked doctors need more funding'

Many GPs are working 11 hour days and seeing up to 60 patients a day in the face of increasing pressure to deliver safe patient care with diminishing resources, said the Royal College of General Practitioners in response to today's CQC findings.

RCGP chair Dr Maureen Baker described a "funding black hole worth £9 billion" in England over the past eight years, which she said was a result of investment being shifted towards hospitals.

Breaches of procedure cannot be condoned, even if they are isolated incidents, but the inspections were largely targeted at particular practices which had already been identified as having problems.

Specific areas for improvement have been found and the CQC must now work with these practices to ensure that they meet the necessary standards and that other practices can learn from their experiences.

...Family doctors now receive only 8.39% of the overall UK NHS budget - yet our workloads are spiralling as the population ages and more patients are presenting with multiple and complex diseases.

– Dr Maureen Baker, chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners

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