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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