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Over 99% of GP practices successfully registered with CQC

CQC says it has refused registration to a total of eight prospective primary medical services providers

Mark Gould

Wednesday, 03 April 2013

Of the 7,607 organisations applying for registration with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as NHS primary care providers over 99% have been successfully registered in time for the April 1st deadline, according to new statistics.

To date, the CQC says it has proposed to refuse to register a total of eight GP providers. Of these:

  • two providers who have worked with their PCTs and removed themselves from providing primary medical services; the PCT has reassigned patients to alternative practices
  • one provider, in response to CQC’s proposal to not register, has made changes to their legal entity resulting in a new application which has been accepted and registration granted
  • the remaining five are still within the statutory time frame for challenging the Commission’s proposals.

From 1 April 2013, NHS GP providers in England will be regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for the first time. This requires anyone providing primary medical care services, including GPs, to register with the CQC.

CQC’s Head of Registration, Adrian Hughes said: “Registration of GP providers has been a tremendous success with just under 100% of those who applied registered in time for the April deadline. 

“We would like to thank GP practice staff - their cooperation over the last year has made the process go very smoothly.

“CQC’s purpose is to ensure people receive health and social care services that are safe and of high quality.

“For the first time there will be a register of all GP providers in England held in one place; it can be seen on the CQC website from 4 April. This means patients will be able to check if their practice is providing good quality safe services.

“GP registration is the final phase of a vast programme spanning the last three years, of registering a range of health and social care services.”

The CQC says there are 44 applications which were received on or just before 31 March 2013 and these are being progressed. As these arrived within the required time frame, the providers are legally protected and can continue to provide services to patients.

The application process began in July 2012. All registered GP providers will have a page on the CQC website giving the latest information about any inspections carried out at their practices

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