The Care Quality Commission (CQC) for England has ranked virtually all the GP surgeries across the country to identify those that potentially offer far lower standards of care than they should. According to the results 11% were found to fall into the highest risk category on the register.
Professor Steve Field, a chief inspector with the Care Quality Commission, was keen to point out that the rankings did not necessarily provide a judgement of the quality of care given by any individual surgery. It merely provides further information on how well an individual surgery is doing and which ones might benefit from more frequent inspections when compared to others.
GP surgery risks were for the most part found to be minor or registering low concern by the CQC. This is good news for those who attend these surgeries. Of the total of 7,276 practices that were ranked, 864 were eventually placed in the category where the highest degree of concern was shown for those individual practices.
Professor Field stated that only a proper inspection can determine the actual level of care provided by any individual surgery. The report is another tool to be used for positive results.
How safe are GP practices?
It is vital to remember that the vast majority of GP practices in England provide excellent care to their patients at all times. This register is merely another way of identifying those that may potentially fall short of high standards.
In this way it can ensure all GP surgery risks are identified so the right steps are taken to provide even better care in the future as well as for today. A variety of measures are used to obtain this data for use in a variety of ways in the future.
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