Patient campaign group: Failings are inexcusable

Campaign group Patient Concern described today's CQC findings on hygiene in GPs' surgeries as "unbelievable".

The failings are inexcusable. The standards the CQC wants met are the basic minimum for protecting patients’ safety, let alone improving their health.

If the NHS is still the envy of the world, the standard in other countries doesn't bear thinking about.

– Roger Goss, of Patient Concern

Watch: CQC: 'We will not tolerate poor and dangerous care'

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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.