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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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New regime to 'call time' on poor GP care

A new regime, which will see GP surgeries given Ofsted-style ratings and potentially forced to close if they don't come up to standard, will "call time on poor care", a regulator inspector said.

Professor Steve Field, the Care Quality Commission's chief inspector of general practice, insisted "most GP practices provide good care" but said that these measures would help to "drive up standards in those that are not providing the services people deserve."

Most GP practices provide good care, we have confirmed this in our pilot inspections so far. But we can't allow those that provide poor care to continue to let their patients have an inadequate service.

I want to do all I can to drive up standards in those that are not providing the services people deserve.

Special measures will firstly promote improvement, but where practices do not improve, working with NHS England we will call time on poor care.

– Professor Steve Field

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