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Research Article

Inspecting General Practice in England: Outcomes from the First 2000 Practices

Devin Gray1*, Nigel Sparrow2 and Steve Field3

1MA (Oxon) MBBS MRCGP DFSRH, Care Quality Commission, London, UK



*Corresponding Author:
Devin Gray
Care Quality Commission, London
United Kingdom
Tel: 07789 875057
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: December 16, 2015 Accepted Date: January 14, 2016 Published Date: January 21, 2016

Citation: Gray D, Sparrow N, Field S (2016) Inspecting General Practice in England: Outcomes from the First 2000 Practices. Health Econ Outcome Res Open Access 2:108.

Copyright: © 2016 Gray D, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



England is the first country in the world to be comprehensively inspecting General Practice. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has been independently inspecting and rating General Practice in England with a new comprehensive methodology, including out-of-hours services, since October 2014. The CQC have so far inspected over 2000 GP practices in England, amounting to a quarter of all practices. We have found that the vast majority (83.6%) are providing good or outstanding care, 12.2% require improvement and 4.2% have been rated as inadequate. Whilst poor quality care is an exception, the practices rated so far as inadequate we have estimated to have responsibility for over 441,000 patients. Although the data demonstrates some geographical variation, particularly in London, the trends are similar across the country. We discuss the findings of the first 25% of comprehensively inspected GP practices in England.


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