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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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Planned GP rating system 'confusing and inaccurate'

The Care Quality Commission's planned Ofsted-style rating system for GP surgeries will "confuse patients and won't give them the accurate information that they really need", a leading medic told Good Morning Britain.

Dr Richard Vautrey, deputy chair of the British Medical Association's GP Committee, said "to boil the quality of care down to four simple standards is simply not good enough."

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