A third of general practices in England’s first wave of inspections failed on essential standards

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 12 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7462
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

England’s healthcare regulator has published its blueprint for inspecting general practice services under a new regime from April 2014. The Care Quality Commission will appoint new expert inspection teams to visit and measure practices against simplified standards of care.

Meanwhile it said that about a third of inspections carried out under the present regime showed failure of practices to meet at least one of 16 essential standards.

From 2014 a greater focus will be placed on how practices provide care for specific groups of patients, such as vulnerable older people and mothers and children, while tougher action will be taken in response to unacceptable care, including closing down unsafe practices where necessary.

Each new inspection team will …

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