The chief inspector of GP practices says closing failing surgeries will be a last resort.
Professor Steve Field from the health watchdog Care Quality Commission has spoken to ITV News about a trial to give GP practices a rating.
Those which under perform could be placed in special measures and face closure if they do not raise their standards.
In some surgeries with support the practices can improve and that's fine, but it might be that the doctor in the surgery is a clinician that's acceptable, but is struggling to manage the building and manage the business. It might well be that merging that practice with a local practice might be better or if that doctor worked in a bigger practice. NHS England would then be able to do other things about providing care for the patients, so it's not just about closure. We don't want to close surgeries. We need them, but it's about the care that's provided for the patient.
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