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Poor performers in general practice will be targeted, new inspector tells conference

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6339 (Published 21 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6339
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

The newly appointed chief inspector of general practice in England has pledged to expose examples of poor care in the system, claiming that primary care has tolerated underperformers “for too long.”

Steve Field, a GP in Birmingham who was appointed to the new role with the healthcare regulator the Care Quality Commission in August, said that he wanted to tackle “great variation” in standards of primary care. But he maintained that general practice in England was “among the best in the world.”

Speaking to delegates at the National Association of Primary Care’s Best Practice 2013 conference in Birmingham, Field said that the CQC was aiming to recruit a raft of GPs to lead its revamped …

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