In the past month, CQC has published over 100 reports on the quality of care provided by GP practices that have been inspected by specialist teams of inspectors.
All of England’s GP practices are being given a rating according to whether they are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led, under CQC’s new programme of inspections.
As it stands the total number of practices rated Outstanding is now 393. The total number of practices that have exited Special Measure is now 104.
Professor Steve Field, Chief Inspector of General Practice, said:
“After reporting on nearly 7,000 inspections we have found that most care is good – with over 300 practices now rated Outstanding. That means that over 1 million patients in England currently receive care from practices which we have rated Outstanding. What’s enormously encouraging is that our inspections are driving improvement – 90% of practices that we have re-inspected have improved since last October. Through their hard work and dedication, practices are making positive changes to the care they deliver.
“However, we still see evidence of too much poor care. Since we began inspecting GP practices in October 2014 we have found over 200 practices to be Inadequate. While this is a minority, this still amounts to over half a million patients in England who were not receiving the basic standards of care that they should be able to expect from their GP practice. I am glad to say that we have increasingly found that most practices that are placed in special measures use the support that is on offer to meet those standards.”