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 warns new ratings could lead to shortage of doctors

A GP has warned that new Ofsted-style ratings for surgeries could lead to difficulties in recruiting enough doctors into the profession.

Dr Richard Vautrey, who is deputy chair of the British Medical Association's GP Committee, tweeted that a system designed to improve standards could have the opposite effect.

The Care Quality Commission has announced that surgeries which face 'inadequate' ratings under the new system could be threatened with closure.

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