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Support, don’t punish, struggling practices, say GP leaders

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4463 (Published 27 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4463
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Negative headlines about general practice ignored many recent achievements made despite capacity problems, reports Abi Rimmer

Headlines generated last week by a report from England’s health services inspectorate, which found that 90% of general practices had been rated as “good” or “outstanding,”1 may have raised more than a few eyebrows.

“One in seven GP practices in England failing on safety,” declared the Guardian,2 while the Times reported that “7m patients are urged to leave unsafe GP surgeries.”3

Steve Field, chief inspector of general practice at the Care Quality Commission, said that his agency’s report had been intended to be a good news story for general practice. “Nearly 90% of practices are either good or outstanding, and some of the outstanding ones are absolutely amazing,” he said. “Many of the good ones have outstanding features as well. Of course, if …

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