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Understanding the CQC’s strategy and regulatory approach

The CQC is working to fulfil its strategy that was launched last year. Under the new strategy the regulator plans to continually monitor practices and also shorten inspection reports. So what does this all mean for practices? What to expect and when The CQC’s current strategy sets out its aims, aspirations and outcomes from 2021 …

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Heed the Warning – CQC’s light touch can have heavy consequences for Providers – Are you prepared to challenge?

As has now been widely publicised, the CQC has abandoned its regular schedule of inspection for all health and social care services, including GP practices. Inspections will now be triggered by perceptions of risk, related to any notifications received by the regulator or any third party concerns or staff whistleblowing. As has been set out …

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£500m in funding announced to help hospitals discharge patients and improve GP access

The Department of Health and Social Care (“DHSC”) on Friday 23 September 2022 have announced an additional £500m in funding. This funding is aimed at fixing the discharge process in hospitals, which is often backlogged, due to a lack of community support available in the care sector. DHSC Health Secretary Thérèse Coffey says the pot …

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How the CQC uses clinical searches in on-site and off-site inspections

In a webinar which took place on 22 June 2022, the CQC explained that clinical searches which it has developed are now being routinely used by CQC inspectors in both off-site and on-site inspections of GP Practices. The clinical searches were developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and their purpose is to assess how …

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Polio virus detected in London sewage samples – will this result in an influx of Vaccinations for GPs?

On 22 June 2022, the UK’s Health authorities declared a national incident regarding the detection of the polio virus in London sewage and as such, have informed the World Health Organisation (“WHO”). This is following the United Kingdom’s Health Security Agency (“UKHSA”) finding traces of the polio virus in samples collected from the London Beckton …

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British Medical Association’s COVID-19 Inquiry – Government Seriously Fails Doctors

While the Government has pledged to conduct a public inquiry into the COVID-19 pandemic, the delay of learning the results of those findings will take too long. The British Medical Association (“BMA”) realised this, and is publishing five reports in total.  The BMA conducted a study between November and December 2021 of doctors’ views and …

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How does the CQC expect practices to handle complaints?

Over the last two years, many have predicted that there would be an upsurge in GP complaints, owing to the changes in working practices to cope with COVID-19. This article explores what primary medical service providers can do to strengthen their complaints processes with the aim of avoiding falling foul of Regulations 16 and 17 …

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