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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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Poorly-performing GP practices will be 'forced to close'

Under a new regime, surgeries will be rated outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate. Credit: PA

Failing GP surgeries could be forced to close, the health regulator has announced.

England's 8,300 GP practices are to be assessed and given Ofstead-style ratings by inspectors, the Care Quality Commission said.

From October, those deemed "inadequate" will have six months to improve for face being placed in special measures; if they have not improved after six months in the failure regime they could be forced to close.

Exceptionally poorly performing practices will be placed straight into special measures.

Inspectors will be assessing if practices are safe, effective, caring, responsive to people's needs and whether or not they are well led.

A similar regime was introduced for hospitals after the Mid Staffs scandal.

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