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Ofsted-style ratings to be introduced for GP surgeries

GP surgeries are to be given Ofsted-style ratings, and poorly performing practices could be forced to close, the health regulator has warned.

The Care Quality Commission has announced that England's 8,300 GP surgeries are to be assessed, and that from October those that are rated "inadequate", and don't improve within six months, will be placed in special measures.

If, after six months, there are no signs of improvement, the practices could be forced to close.

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GP surgeries ratings scheme to address 'inconsistencies'

Professor Steve Field, chief inspector of GP practices for the Care Quality Commission, has told ITV News that a system whereby failing surgeries could be closed is to address 'inconsistencies' across the country.

The health watchdog is trialing an Ofsted-style ratings system for all surgeries. Those that are categorised as 'inadequate' and do not improve within six months will be placed in special measures.

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